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  • NY's Bravest Save a Bunch of PUSSSIES

    BRAVEST SAVE ‘45' LIVES (WELL, ACTUALLY, 5 CATS)

    By ANDY GELLER

    October 14, 2002 -- New York's Bravest saved five lives yesterday by performing PCR.
    That's not a misprint. The firefighters performed Pusssy Cat Rescue on five felines trapped in a burning Queens apartment.

    And in the case of one of the terrified tabbies, they also performed CPR.

    The drama unfolded in a fifth-floor apartment at 161-25 Jewel Ave. in Kew Gardens Hills after a fire broke out in the living room at 1:38 p.m.

    Sixty firefighters from 12 units responded, including Firefighter Bill Chupa of Ladder Co. 125.

    As the firefighters arrived, the three women living in the apartment fled, begging the members of New York's Bravest to save their five cats.

    Smoke was coming out of every window in the apartment as Chupa and three colleagues began trying to fetch the frightened felines, who were hiding in the two bedrooms and the bathroom.

    One by one, the firemen collared the cats and carried them down five flights to the street.

    Three of the felines were revived quickly, but the other two needed help. So the firefighters gently placed them out on the hood of a car and gave them oxygen - as neighbors cheered them on wildly.

    One of the two cats had to have actual CPR - pressure applied to the chest.

    "I feel good," said Chupa, whose usual assignment is to rescue people from burning buildings and wrecked cars.

    "Animals are dependent on humans. It feels good to save an animal from perishing."

    The cat-astrophe over, the fire - not quite a one-alarmer - was put out at 3:54 p.m.

    The cats were given a temporary home by Mike and Jackie Kashefsky, who live in the building.

    [ 10-14-2002, 08:18 PM: Message edited by: Gubmentcheez ]

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    I think that's a very touching story. I love reading about things like this.
    Last edited by 156; 12-14-2003, 11:51 AM.

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    • #3
      rescued from a fire? ...hot, wet, and hairy...oh, nevermind. [Wink]

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