PGFD Firefighters use "Cat-Like" Skills to Rescue Kitten

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A woman driving to her local Walmart heard a funny noise coming from the front end of her car.  When she arrived in the parking lot on Annapolis Road in Landover Hills she was surprised to find a small kitten had hitched a ride within the fender.  Not being able to reach the small kitten she turned to her local firefighter/medics for help.

So it was around 8:30 am, Friday, June 22, that she called the nearby Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830.  It just so happened that the Fire/EMS Department's cat loving Captain was working.  Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Danon Ushinski and his wife had adopted a kitten a few months ago that she had rescued.  The Ushinski's ended up adopting that rescued kitten "Mystic" after their beloved "Jeffrey" had passed about 2 months ago.  Captain Ushinski has since earned the affectionate nickname of the "cat guy."

"We drove the engine non emergency to the scene and found a small grey kitten in the fender," explained Ushinski.  "With approval of the car owner a decision was made to try and remove the fender for better access."  After returning to the Fire/EMS Station to obtain equipment and returning to the scene, Ushinski was able to video the kitten and captured his meowing (video attached).  

Using some feline type quick thinking, Ushinski replayed the video with the audio of the "meow" combined with the quick cat skill grab of Fire Fighter/Medic Shawn Croissette the vehicle remained intact.

Ushinski stated, "I played back his meow and he started meowing and he moved closer to the bottom of the vehicle."  Captain Ushinski was joined by "cat guy #2" Croissette.   "The kitten moved to a position that Croisette was able to grab him and pull him to freedom," said Ushinski.  The kitten was assessed and placed in a box and accompanied the firefighter/medics back to the Landover Hills Station.

Plans are for Ushinski to keep the kitten at the station until 3:00 pm.  When off-duty he will bring the kitten to the Anne Arundel SPCA.   Danon and Morgan Ushinski will go through the adoption process once again of a this rescued kitten the firefighters have named "River." 

Rescued kitten  "River" temporary home at the Landover Hills Fire/EMS Station 830

L to R - Fire Fighter/Medic Captain Danon Ushinski, River and Fire Fighter/Medic Shawn Croissette - aka the PGFD Cat Guys with rescued kitten "river"