Charleston Firefighters Rescue Kitten from Storm Drain

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Firefighters responded to a unique call Tuesday morning that left one neighbor with a new furry friend.

Firefighters responded to a call at 208 Florida Street about 8 a.m. where a kitten was trapped in a storm drain. The caller, Shawntay Shipp, says he has heard the cat crying for the past two days.

Captain Aaron Hartleben, Lieutenant Calvin Pierson, and Firefighter Michael Breedlove responded and decided to take a booster hose line off their truck, insert it into the storm drain which caused the kitten to move towards Captain Hartleben. That allowed him to get the kitten out of the drain.

"This incident goes to show that no matter what the call, the care and concern given by the personnel of the department is exemplary," Captain Ken Tyree, Charleston Fire Investigator said.

After the rescue, Shipp decided to to keep the kitten.


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