Princeton firefighters recently took time out of their day to pull out all the stops in an attempt to rescue a poor kitten trapped in a storm drain.

Nobody likes to see an animal in trouble, including myself. I was on vacation in Georgia roughly 13 years ago when someone doing some trapping nearby managed to accidentally bag two stray kittens. They were clearly siblings, but one was a dark blackish-brown color and the other a mild gray. My family took them in, and "Ash" has been by my side ever since. (By his name, you can probably imagine which of the two I ended up making a part of my home.)

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If you need a feel-good story today, this is certainly the one for you. On the morning of May 23, 2024, firefighters in Princeton, Indiana, received a call from citizens about a kitten that had managed to find itself all alone inside a storm drain. Eager to help the poor creature, they made their way to the scene with all the tools needed to get the job done. Here is what the department said about the rescue:

Earlier this morning PFD Green Shift was requested to help a couple citizens remove a kitten from a storm drain. Once our crew got on scene and made a few quick maneuvers, we were able to safely get the kitten out.

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Princeton Firefighters Union Local 1634
Princeton Firefighters Union Local 1634

At first glance, I thought the kitten was a skunk because of the white debris on the back of its neck, as seen in one of the photos. Still, I would imagine that even if this creature had been a skunk, that wouldn't have stopped the folks over at the Princeton Fire Department from performing a heartwarming rescue. Additionally, our story doesn't end here. Princeton firefighters later said on social media that the kitten had found its forever home.

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