On Wedenesday, Broward Sheriff Fire Station 27 had a special guest -- a kitten firefighters rescued from a storm drain the day before.
“It’s definitely stealing the hearts of the firefighters,” said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles, who added that the kitten may soon have a new home.
The gray and black kitten, which is believed to be six-to-eight-weeks-old, found itself stuck in a Pembroke Park drain Tuesday afternoon at Southwest 18th Street and 40th Avenue. Someone passing by heard the kitten crying and flagged down Engine 27.
“The firefighters quickly realized the kitten wasn’t in an accessible place,” Jachles said.
A firefighter went into a nearby manhole and another firefighter used a hose to gently coax the kitty to a more accessible spot.
Before long, firefighter/paramedic Roger Stewart emerged with the scared kitten.
Tuesday’s rescue is not uncommon for South Florida. Dramatic animal rescues have become more frequent in recent months, with firefighters freeing a cow stuck in a bridge, plucking ducks from storm drains, rescuing dogs from fires and getting kittens out of sticky situations.
“It’s always rewarding to be able to rescue animals,” Jachles said.