Beaufort County firefighters save lucky traveling kitty

Beaufort County firefighters save lucky traveling kitty
(Source: City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department)

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Lowcountry firefighters answered a not so routine call Wednesday evening, hurrying to the rescue of a kitten.

After responding to 13 emergency calls throughout the day, Ladder Company 2 with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal firefighters heard the doorbell. The driver of an SUV had stopped at the station on Ribaut Road, needing help when he heard a kitten meowing while driving down the road.

The firefighter inspected the vehicle, finding the kitty near the passenger side front quarter panel of the car.

"He looked up at me with eyes wide," said firefighter, Monica Perez. "It was clear that he was on quite the adventure."

The driver thanked the firefighters and was on his way. The crew contacted Beaufort County Animal Control who said they would be out for the kitten the next morning. That's not where the story ends, though. Firefighters found a box and some food and secured the kitten for the night, in the bay of the station. The next morning, when they went down to meet Animal Control, the kitty had escaped and was nowhere to be found, except for the faint sound of meowing.

You guessed it! The kitty had not learned its lesson and was up for more adventure. The firefighters had to lift the cab on the reserve fire engine parked in the bay of the station, and there, nestled amongst the hoses, belts, oil and grease, was the traveling kitten.

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