June 13, 2018 07:17 AM
A group of kittens rescued from an April garage fire have been reunited with a few of the firefighters who saved them.
The fire happened on Steko Ave. in Rochester. When firefighters Jason Strocko and Luong Tran arrived, they were told all the humans were out.
"We just opened the garage the best we could and we tried to get the smoke out and just listened for meowing," Strocko said. "We had to be careful not to step on them."
The crew eventually found the tiny kittens tucked under a chair meowing as loudly as they could as if they were asking for help.
"This time was no different," Tran said. "We save everybody that we can, regardless if they're animals or humans."
Some of the kittens were unresponsive and Strocko sprung into action.
"Some of them weren't breathing so I called one of the guys to bring an oxygen bottle," Strocko said.
He used the bottle and pumped on their small chests to get them breathing again. Eventually, they all survived. A month and a half later, Strocko and Tran saw their furry friends again.
After the fire, the kittens were taken to Kitten Korner Rescue to be nursed back to health. Loralei Holcomb cared for them and was surprised they weren't badly hurt.
"Coming from a fire, usually there's damage to the respiratory system but they hadn't displayed it and it actually was amazing," Holcomb said.
Now the kittens are ready to move on. When they each grow to two pounds they will be adopted out.
"I'm happy to see them doing good and they're all eventually going to go to good homes," Strocko said.
Most of the kittens have fire-related names like Blaze, Siren, and Chief.
Updated: June 13, 2018 07:17 AM
Created: June 13, 2018 06:27 AM
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