Kitten rescued from car owes Henderson firefighters all nine of its lives


Henderson firefighters made a daring rescue Tuesday morning, and the rescuee owes them all nine of its lives.

It was a normal morning for Arin Wagner, until she got to work, and noticed her engine was purring, but not in a good way.

“I pulled up, and I got out of my car, and I just heard this loud scream. So I thought a cat was in the ditch, and then all of a sudden, I heard it in my car,” Wagner said. “And it was like, just, crazy meowing, it was scared.”

She called her husband, but the two quickly learned they would need help.

“His face was like right there, just looking at us, going meow, it was so cute,” Wagner said, pointing to the front end of her car. “And he was stuck in between, because you know, it’s a tight fit there.”

She and her husband didn’t need to go far. Fortunately for this feline, Henderson Fire Station Three is right next door to the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union where Wagner works.

“And they’re like, what’s wrong? And I’m like, well, I got a kitten stuck in my car,” she said.

“Not the first time that’s happened to us. We’ve done that once or twice before, so we did what we could,” said firefighter Chad Garrett.

“Next thing I know, he’s driving the fire truck over. I was like; do we need the fire truck? They were like, our tools are in it, we need it,” Wagner said.

The job took four fearless firefighters all of five minutes.

“They had to take this piece, pull it back, because the cat was stuck inside this piece,” Wagner said. “And then the kitten started to fall, and it was so cute, because they were all like, grab the cat!”

“And we were able to reach down there and save the feline,” Garrett said.

The kitty was safe, but needed a place to go.

“I was like, who’s going to take the cat home? And then two of them were actually allergic to cats, they’re like, I can’t take the cat home,” Wagner said.

A little cage in Wagner’s garage now seems spacious to the sweet little survivor, all thanks to Henderson’s finest.

Wagner says she already has two cats and two dogs so she can’t keep the kitten long term, but it didn’t take long for a friend to agree to adopt her.

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(This story was originally published on June 12, 2018)

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