Cocoa Police Officers, Firefighters Team Up To Rescue Small Kitten Trapped Underneath Roadway
By Cocoa Police Department // October 19, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – From baby alligators in flooded yards and swimming pools to small kittens stuck in storm pipes – there’s no person or creature the Cocoa Police Department won’t go above and beyond to help. On Tuesday, it was a small kitten underneath the road.
The kitten was stuck in a storm pipe at Clearlake Road across from the main entrance to Oak Meadows, and here’s what happened:
The afternoon rush hour got interesting when patrol officers shut down lanes of north and southbound Clearlake Road to rescue a small kitten trapped underneath the road.
At approximately 3 p.m. dispatchers received a call from a person who said they heard what sounded like a small kitten “meowing” in the storm drain across from the main entrance to Oak Meadows apartments.
When officers Branda Marchica and Victor Carpenter arrived they heard the crying sounds and contacted the fire department for assistance to lift the storm grate.
Firefighters from Engine 32 B-Shift responded to assist. Firefighters Garrett Kehoe, Ray Rivers and Driver Operator Patrick Madden pulled out some tools and lifted the storm grate.
Firefighter Kehoe jumped into the drain and attempted to rescue the kitten, but it took off deeper into the storm pipe.
The team of police officers and firefighters, and some citizens with cat food, tried everything to lure the frightened kitten to safety, but it wouldn’t come out.
After some debate, the strategy turned into a plan to pump water into the pipe from the other side of the street to see if the kitten would run out.
Officer Glenn Wade blocked one southbound lane and one northbound lane while the engine was put into position. After a few seconds, the kitten ran out and Firefighter Kehoe grabbed it before it could escape again. The kitten was later turned over to Brevard County Animal Services.
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