MIDWEST CITY — Alex Jr.’s family and neighbors had resigned themselves. An ice storm was coming and the 3-month-old kitten was probably going to die up in the tree where he’d been stranded since Tuesday night.
And it was probably out of the question for the fire department to come to help, said Lauri Goff, a neighbor of the cat’s owners. "We accepted we’re not living in ‘Father Knows Best’ times,” Goff said. Goff had been trying to help her neighbor, Crystal Jacobo, 804 W Rickenbacker, lure the cat down from the tree. Nothing worked. Her family could hear the cat crying every time they were outside, Jacobo said. Goff called Animal Control, where a member of the staff said, "We don’t do trees.” She also called the fire department. The fire department doesn’t normally rescue cats. In fact, it’s probably been about 20 years since the last cat rescue, said fire department spokesman Jerry Lojka. But something struck Fire Chief Randy Olson on Thursday morning about the dire weather forecast and the kitten’s plight — and he approved the use of a ladder truck to attempt a rescue. "When she told me the age of the cat, it changed the whole perspective,” Olson said. Know it: Pets