The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
This week’s Something Good is First Responders saving a helpless kitten and, if you will allow me, a wee bit of nepotism.
Atlanta’s Cobb County Fire Engine 23 responded to a call on August 5th – passersby had heard cries from a storm drain and called 911.
Upon arriving at the scene, the crew of Engine 23 – comprised of Josh, Lucas, and Daniel – quickly developed a rescue plan and entered the storm drain. They found a tiny orange kitten perched on top of debris. He was cold and wet and too little to navigate the couple inches of water flowing through the pipe after the previous day’s rain. Josh “made the grab” and handed the tiny critter out to Lucas.
The rescue victim was taken back to the station, bathed, dried, and warmed up. He was christened “Storm” and has been adopted by Captain Sue Addyman and her two cats, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
I’ve written up quite a few animal rescue stories (and read many, many more prepping each week) in the year and a half that I’ve been doing this Sunday feature but this is the first time I’ve personally known one of the heroes. My son Lucas is the fireman in the middle, holding Storm.
When Lucas messaged me the link of their adventure being featured in the Atlanta paper, I knew I had to make this story my Something Good for this week. These stories are always fun: big, strong firemen rescuing a kitten, whether it be from a tree or a storm drain.
The truth is, though, First Responders are more likely to write a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post joking about their heroism in saving a helpless animal than they are to describe the many times they put themselves at profound risk to help humans. So, however we get to celebrate them and their heroism is something good. And goodness knows we need some good news these days!
Now it’s your turn… Tell me Something Good!