Firefighters rescue special family member

Posted at: 05/24/2013 5:55 PM
Updated at: 05/24/2013 8:26 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Karen McCay was at work when she heard there was a fire at her house.

"On the loud speaker 'is there a teacher in building that Lives on Figueroh Avenue' and I was thinking oh no this can't be good," she said.

McCay's and children weren't home, but the family cat, Haymitch, was stuck inside. When the fire department showed up, there was smoke coming from the windows - they rushed in to search the home.

"I saw (the cat) move just a little bit and I picked it up and got it out as fast as I could," firefighter Matt Hendrickson said.

As soon as firefighters got Haymitch, they gave him oxygen and he started breathing again.

"I just held the oxygen mask to its face and slowly, but surely it came back to life," said firefighter Cameron Kautzman.

Haymitch made a full recovery.

McCay said Haymitch's survival means so much to her family. A few years ago her son had cancer. He's fine now, and says Haymitch was a big help in the recovery process.

"There's something magical about this cat he’s just very healing very special everyone who come in contact with him loves him and they’re like what is this crazy cat," she said.

McCay said Haymitch is doing fine and she and her family are forever grateful to the Farmington Fire Department for saving his life.

“They did everything they could to protect our property to save our pets lives and even - you know - hugged us and wanted to know what they could do to cheer us up,”  she said.