"Rescue Me" said the kitty cat!

I forgot ALL about this, so I had to make a quick post before I forgot (again) - it's too funny to let pass.

I have been working as a 911 dispatcher for over thirteen years now, and after thirteen years it's pretty rare, but I took a "first" call a few days ago. ("First" as in I had never taken a call like this before.)

Now remember folks... I DO NOT work for Sheriff Taylor of Mayberry RFD.

It's the proverbial Fire Department "Joke" call.. I actually sent the fire department out on a "Cat Rescue"!

Ok... This cat was not "stuck in a tree"... No, this cat was stuck on a sign. This cat somehow gained access to the roof of a business. Once on the roof (in what I can only imagine was an attempt at a bird nest on the sign) the cat jumped from the roof, to the ledge created from the sign sticking out from the building. This cat could not make it back up to the roof, and it was too far for it to "fall" (without subtracting one if it's nine lives)...

Seventeen minutes later, "Engine 1" cleared the call with a loud and clear "Cat Rescued" over the air!

It was the first (and most likely the last) time in my career I SENT the Fire Department out on a cat rescue.

What made me think of this tonight?? A 911 call about the cat trapped on top of a telephone pole...

10 comments:

  1. We had a cat stuck in a tree for over a day. I figure if they don't crawl down alive they fall out dead. Fortunately for our cat she came down alive.

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  2. I was trying to rescue a neighbor's kitten off of the top of a really tall trailer last week.

    Then the ungrateful little bugger jumped right over me and off of the trailer roof. Not even a "Thank You" meowed.

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  3. Now I have this mental image of a sad little old lady standing anxiously at the bottom of the sign while the handsome and helpful young fireman rescues the kitty. I know that's not how you describe it. I think I must be channeling the collective unconscious.

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  4. Oh geez! Well... it's nice that they saved the cat!

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  5. On the behalf of animal lovers, thank you. I bet the fire department didn't mind at all.

    Oh, Mike, you must have been scarier than the potential fall!

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  6. hehehehehe, chuckle, chuckle.

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  7. I believe I have, in fact, done a 911 call or two for cat rescues back when I was still a police/fire dispatcher.

    I had a 911 call yesterday from a hysterical woman whose boyfriend had been bit by the cat that they 'rescued' a few days ago. Apparently he was allergic to cats (so why rescue one?) and of course they hadn't bothered to get the cat checked out so she kept screaming that she didn't know if it had rabies or not.

    When I asked her where the cat was (thinking I could get animal control over that way just in case the cat might be rabid) she told me that she had thrown it out the door after it attacked her boyfriend's hand.

    Oh brother ...

    By the by, I posted my crib pics yesterday and tried to inspire a few other people to join in.

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  8. I once called 911 with my cell. It took a minute to get routed to the right county dispatch. When I got through to this fine rural dispatch operator, she had no idea what to do with my call.

    You see, I was reporting that farmer's dairy heard was milling about County Road 1 in Goodhue county. I literally had to weave my way through several cows that had decided to just stand in the middle of the road.

    Oops.

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  9. I have been working as a 911 Dispatcher for 6 years now and I actually had my 1st Cat in a Tree call this last summer.
    A woman called 911 for help - her cat was stuck in a tree. As I began to explain to her that if the cat climbed up there, it can find its way back down, she said '..but wait, it didnt climb up there, it fell into the tree...'
    I was thinking OK so how does that happen. Well the woman continued to explain that her kitten had escaped the apartment and onto the deck. The cat then fell thru the deck rails into a tree below. The tree was large enough to not be able to reach the poor thing from the ground, so I sent out the troops and our gracious Fire Department and Animal Control saved the day.
    Several weeks later, I received a call from the same woman on a completely unrelated matter. I remembered her name and asked how her kitty was doing. She told me that it was fine, but sustained a broken tail from the fall and has to wear a cast on its tail. There was a moment of silence and then we both broke into laughter.
    The hearty laugh together was a great reward for just another 911 call for assistance.
    Signed,
    Heather Strickland
    Police & Fire Dispatcher

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  10. I have been working as a 911 Dispatcher for 6 years now and I actually had my 1st Cat in a Tree call this last summer.
    A woman called 911 for help - her cat was stuck in a tree. As I began to explain to her that if the cat climbed up there, it can find its way back down, she said '..but wait, it didnt climb up there, it fell into the tree...'
    I was thinking OK so how does that happen. Well the woman continued to explain that her kitten had escaped the apartment and onto the deck. The cat then fell thru the deck rails into a tree below. The tree was large enough to not be able to reach the poor thing from the ground, so I sent out the troops and our gracious Fire Department and Animal Control saved the day.
    Several weeks later, I received a call from the same woman on a completely unrelated matter. I remembered her name and asked how her kitty was doing. She told me that it was fine, but sustained a broken tail from the fall and has to wear a cast on its tail. There was a moment of silence and then we both broke into laughter.
    The hearty laugh together was a great reward for just another 911 call for assistance.
    Signed,
    Heather Strickland
    Police & Fire Dispatcher

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