Bitter, sweet kitten rescue by firefighters

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Several kittens were rescued in September 2013 when City Fire, Battalion 3 and Engine 12 responded to an RV fire.

Once the fire was put out, fire crews heard sounds coming from the outside of the RV. After they conducted a search, they found several kittens alive under a hot tub, as well as a dog and a cat that did not survive the blaze.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue said it appeared the mother cat had moved the kittens, who appeared to be approximately 4-weeks-old, to the tub during the fire.

Crews tried unsuccessfully to find a home for the kittens, so two firefighters, Chief McGee and Engineer Robey decided they would keep them.

"Truth be told, once Chief McGee texted a picture of one of the kittens to his wife and daughters the decision was made."

The kittens were able to make a full recovery after their new families tended to some minor burns and continued to bottle feed the kittens.

The McGee girls named their kitten Cinder, they said even their 100 pound German Shepherd has accepted Cinder as part of the family.

Engineer Robey's daughter named their kitten Lucky and their family is also extremely happy with their new addition.

"The kittens now have the assurance of a loving family to care and take care of them."


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