Story by Lourice Angie
An adorable kitten was found trapped inside of a dumpster near the WFD Raymond Hose Fire Station Co. #2 parking lot in Warwick, on Tues., Aug 6. WFD Raymond Hose Captain Joseph Ingui discovered the kitten after hearing its cries from the dumpster while walking his dog behind the fire station at approximately 8:45 p.m. Ingui quickly alerted his team of volunteer firefighters and requested the assistance of the WFD Goodwill Hook & Ladder Company #1 located on Forester Ave., in Warwick, to respond.
Upon arrival, firefighters from both companies sprung into action and determined that the kitten’s head was wedged in the hole of an unscreened drainage port located at the bottom of the dumpster. The firefighters proceeded to use dish detergent and lubricants in an attempt to set the kitten free, but to no avail. Volunteers of Goodwill Hook & Ladder Co #1 decided to utilize the hurst strongarm, a battery operated rescue extrication tool in order to successfully rescue the seemingly distressed feline from the container.
The kitten was safely turned over to an awaiting Animal Control Officer from the Warwick Valley Humane Society where it is receiving necessary medical care and lots of TLC. The kitty was appropriately named Raymond in honor of the WFD Raymond Hose Fire Station Co. 2. He has showered his human friends with affection and instantly won the hearts of many people within the community. The WFD would like to give a huge thanks to all of the volunteer firefighters and to the WVHS who all worked tirelessly to save this animal.
For information on adopting a shelter pet or to make a donation to the WVHS please visit www.wvhumane.org or call 986-2473.
For more information on the Warwick Fire Department or to learn how to become a volunteer firefighter please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 986-3356.