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Firefighter who saved kitten will adopt it, if owner not found

Story by Miriam Raftery

Photos by El Cajon Police Captain Jim Redman

November 24, 2011 (El Cajon )—A Thanksgiving day rescue tale--or should we say "tail",  has a happy ending.  El Cajon Firefighters have saved a kitten that became trapped several feet down an old electrical plastic pipe at the corner of Washington and Avocado Avenues in El Cajon.

At 4 a.m., a passerby reported hearing the frightened young kitten mewing.  Firefighters rushed to the scene, including the Emergency Animal Rescue Team.  Hours later, at 11:45 a.m., firefighter Ben Jenkins used a makeshift catch pole to reach and extract the trapped animal—and plans to adopt the kitten if its owner is not found. 

“It appears to be safe and sound,” said Monica Zech, public information officer for the city.  “Luckily it was a slow morning for 9-1-1 calls.”

Captain Jim Redman, who will be the city’s new Police Chief starting in December, praised the Fire Department for doing “an awesome job.”

Zech indicated that she, too, had hoped to adopt the young cat.  She concluded, "I would have named it Thankful."


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