When Clayton, N.C., preschooler Camden walked to school with his mom, Sara Tolley, on Monday morning, he heard an unusual sound: the faint meows of a kitten, who appeared to be trapped within a storm drain located in front of Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library.
Knowing that the kitten was in extreme danger, Camden and Tolley alerted preschool staff, who immediately called the police. Animal control officer, Angela Lee, was the first to arrive on the scene, and knew that the big guns needed to be called in, so she contacted the Town of Clayton Fire Department.
In little to no time, crews arrived and began removing drain covers, and testing the air before dispatching firefighter Daryle Harris into the depths of one drain, and Captain Mitch Boyette into another. Together, Harris and Boyette coaxed the kitten out of the dark and dreary drain.
Harris was able to hand the tiny wet, shivering kitten, whose paws were rubbed raw from multiple attempts to climb out, to Lee, who is now working with local rescues to find a home for the little one.
Cheers to tiny heroes! Had it not been for 4-year-old Camden hearing the kitten’s tiny mews, he surely would have drowned in the drain.