When employees at the Beachside Publix in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, found a small kitten with his head poking out through a hole in the generator, they knew they needed to call for help.
The City of New Smyrna Beach Fire Department was called, and Engine 52’s crew showed up to rescue the curious little kitten.
They used a lubricant to grease the tiny kitten’s head so that they could slide it out, which proved successful.
After freeing the kitten from the generator, they reunited him with the other cats in his family, who were nearby, and then they all went to a cat rescue so they could find forever homes.
Local New Smyrna Beach residents weren’t the only ones impressed with Engine 52’s kitten rescue. Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), took notice of their kindness and sent them a letter thanking them for their efforts.
In response to the kind letter, Fire Chief Shawn Vandemark is quoted as saying, “This is an example of the impact that our sometimes seemingly small efforts make on the world around us. I’m proud to be a part of this organization.”
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