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NEWS RELEASE: FORTUNATE FELINE RECEIVES LIFE-SAVING AID FROM GRESHAM, PORTLAND FIREFIGHTERS
July 23, 2010
In the fire service, firefighters come to the aid of citizens in their most critical time of need every day. At times, our beloved pets need them too. The heroic efforts of City of Gresham and City of Portland firefighters yielded a positive outcome for one lucky Gresham cat.
At 7:40 pm on July 18, 2010, Gresham and Portland firefighters were dispatched to reports of a residential fire at 21602 SE Alder St. in Gresham.
Upon arrival, crews found smoke and fire coming from the duplex. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the kitchen and began ventilation efforts. During a secondary search of the residence, the family cat was located in a back bedroom. Portland Firefighter David Hunter retrieved the cat from the bedroom and placed it on the family's front lawn where he immediately began administering aid to the injured cat. Hunter used a pet resuscitation mask to perform rescue breathing on the cat, saving its life.
Portland Fire & Rescue's Station 31, which is a shared station between the City of Gresham and City of Portland, provided mutual aid to the Gresham Fire Department on this fire.
Photos provided courtesy of Greg Muhr.
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