Real Estate Broker/Owner with Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas

OMG, MY CAT WAS IN A TREE AND CHIVALRY IS NOT DEAD. Here I am. It's almost 1:00 am on what is now Wednesday, March 25, 2009. It's been a long night. About three hours ago I was in a panic. A life or death panic. It was 10:30 pm and I found Desi, my long loved 11 year old cat about 45 feet in the air and stuck in an Oak tree.

Yes, I had noticed he was no where for a few hours and began to call for him and worry about him. Off in the distance I heard this MeowYeowWow...he's verbally gifted. He speaks in syllables. This was a cry of help. With a little craning of my neck I sighted him in an Oak Tree of about 80 feet tall. He was more than half way up and screaming for help. Yikes. What does one do now?

Well, I watched the old movies and they always called the fire department. It was pouring down terrential rain. Boy do I have ... uh, ...moxy? Is that what you call it? I called them.Pouring rain...what great guys

"Help, my cat's in a tree!"

And you know what? They didn't laugh. They said they would contact the fire department and have them call me. A gentleman by the name of Teddy called me and spoke with a compassion I miss in most people. He was sincere and said he would go to the station, get what he needed and come to help. What a guy! What a refreshingly wonderfully compassionate and caring thing to do! This is our local Riverside Fire Department. Riverside. A small town of about 400 caring and down to earth people.

They have now gained my total respect!

Riverside Tx Fire Department to the Rescue!They came with ladders, and truck and boots and all! As it was pouring down rain they accessed that he was about 45 feet in the tree. He was really up there. They were concerned that their ladders couldn't reach him but it didn't stop them one bit.

Joe is the man that scaled the ladder with Teddy holding it. He was fully dressed with gloves so Desi wouldn't scratch him.

He managed to reach the stretch point and Desi was spooked. Off Desi went up and away on a branch that took him higher and higher. Joe was patient and called him, and talked to him, and little by little Desi began to come to him. What a miracle it was.


Desi could tell by Joe's voice that he was there to help. So with the rain pouring down, the lights flashing, me calling kitty, kitty and all flashlights shining on Desi's reflective eyes...he moved towards Joe. Joe was able to grab him by the neck. Hard but with care. Joe drew Desi close to him and began to scale the ladder down to safety.

Step by step, fighting vines, rain, and feeling the steps he made progress. About eight feet from the ground he lost Desi. Joe and Teddy heard him hit the ground or at least the bushes. All I could do was sit down and cry. I was worried about Desi and fearful I would lose my kitty and then found myself worried about Joe that could have fallen trying to save him.

Intensity of the moment is what I felt. Relief, gratitude, gratefulness, blessed and shaken, I tried to tell them how much it meant to me. Desi showed up at the front door like a wet rat and I've never seen him eat so furiously. He was so hungry and grateful to be on the ground.Deb's Cat...Desi Brooks. Wet, hungry and scared but SAFE


Joe, you are my hero.

Teddy, you are too.


These two men both showed compassion, caring, giving and bravery with a little cat...

I would trust them with my home, should it burn. God bless you boys. Desi and I are so grateful.

BTW, my lens was sopping wet too. This makes me (officially) an obsessed blogger you know...lol.


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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI


So nice to hear Desi is safe and with you.  Also nice to hear that chivalry is NOT dead.  You are a dedicated blogger:-)

Mar 25, 2009 06:05 AM #1
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Oh, goodness...they'd be my heroes too!  Sopping but safe kitty :)

Mar 25, 2009 06:19 AM #2
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

You probably made their day and didnt even know it. I'd take some homemade cookies to those guys for sure. Cute story and glad it all worked out for the best.

Mar 25, 2009 08:06 AM #3
William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ

Glad to hear we still have heroes in our world.  Happy that Desi is safe as well as the firefighters.  I agree with Martha I would be bringing them some cookies my wife made, she would make me do it too.  Nice post!

Mar 25, 2009 08:22 AM #4
Jim Palmer
Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777 - Sunny Hills, FL
Washington County, Florida

I love it! This one caught my eye because as a volunteer firefighter and chief of our department, we were paged out just a couple of days ago for the infamous "cat in the tree" call. Luckily when we got there, the kitten was sitting on the ground with a puzzled look on it's face, wondering what all the fuss was about. I can say that to the public, we presented a professional appearance, but behind the scenes, my nextel was going crazy with calls from other departments and firefighters laughingly offering all kinds of wonderful advice. But just like our profession, it is all about customer service.

Mar 25, 2009 09:07 AM #5
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


You and kitty were certainly wet by the time of the rescue, but these heroes certainly gave us all the warm fuzzy feeling inside.  Glad your kitty is well....

Mar 25, 2009 09:59 AM #6
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I am glad that your cat is safe,but I have not heard of the fire department coming out for a 'cat' rescue in quite some time.

Mar 25, 2009 10:53 AM #7
Lisa Glowacki
Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts - Tiverton, RI
Real Estate Broker - RI & MA

Nice story. I'm glad they were so helpful and didn't laugh.  I have to admit they way you wrote some of this story made me chuckle. Not about the situation but the presentation. You write well.

Mar 25, 2009 11:09 AM #8
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

The old put the cat in the tree to get the buff firemen to come out for the visit, eh? I've heard about you women with this old trick up your sleeve. Seriously, I didn't know they still did that. Cool Deb.

Mar 25, 2009 11:55 AM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Deb, That would scare me to death if my cat was up in a tree and couldn't get down.  I have to wonder if my fire department would rescue the animal...I'm hoping they would.  I'm so glad you have true heros, it's so nice to know people really do care.

Mar 25, 2009 01:01 PM #10
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Deb - That is simply awesome.  It's good to know that you live in a community where people really care about others.  Gary's comment made me laugh out loud!

Mar 25, 2009 02:12 PM #11
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Deb - I am glad to hear that Desi is home safe and sound! What a rascal!  

Mar 25, 2009 02:29 PM #12
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

i once had a cat that got stuck up in ma tree for 4 days..........finally my son got some pegs and rope and climbed up and got him.......no road access never thoughtabt calling the fire dept.......hmmm...........i'm gladyou got desi out!

Mar 25, 2009 04:49 PM #13
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business

Deb - LMAO ! It was funny when you told me the story on the phone but actually seeing the pictures and reading it was hysterical. Poor kitty ~ If our cats were together...oh my

Mar 25, 2009 11:33 PM #14
Robert Arnold
Brooks Prime Properties - Huntsville, TX
Lake Livingston Real Estate

Please do not forget these guys are all volunteers! So just remember to help support them now and then:)

Mar 31, 2009 07:33 PM #15
Craig & Sue Guffin
Coldwell Banker Monsees Realty - Sedalia, MO
Sedalia Mo Real Estate

Very cool story of humanity. Glad your cat was rescued and you got the opportunity to brag about your local fire department. Thanks for sharing it.

Apr 14, 2009 01:23 PM #16
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