Firefighter saves kitten from fire, brings it back to life (video)

Such a sweet, and ultimately sad, story. A firefighter in Fresno, California last week was going through the wreckage of an apartment fire when he saw a kitten, laying on the ground, not moving.

The firefighter, Cory Kalanick, picked the kitten up, took it outside, and then spent 15 minutes trying to revive the animal with water and a tank of oxygen, while massaging it back to life.

He was successful, the little cat revived, and the firefighter caught the entire thing on his helmet video.


Firefighter Kalanick holding the kitten while giving it oxygen, water and massaging it.

Sadly, however, the kitten didn’t make it through the night. ┬áThe SPCA says that for young animals, injuries like this – in this case, smoke damage to the lungs, can be particularly life-threatening.

Still, what an amazing job that firefighter did.

Here are two reports from CBS47 on the firefighter saving the kitten, then below on the news that the kitten didn’t make it.

First, the good news:

Then the bad news:

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  • Savannah Fortsworth

    i seen this earlier today.. was so thrilled the firefighter did a great job.. poor kitten breaks my heart..

  • Steve_in_CNJ

    That would be “lying on the ground”. The reporter gets it right. :)

  • OMG was that a wonderful video. I am so posting that tonight, thank you!

  • paulabflat

    eldad hagar recently had a similar experience with a little rescued dog.

    sometimes, even with our best efforts, these little lives slip through our fingers.

  • Dakotahgeo

    What a heart-wrenching story! And what a kind soul to resuscitate the kitty, only to have it not make it. Bless you, kind Sir!

  • Monoceros Forth


    It’s a hard world for little things.

  • cole3244

    above & beyond effort by the ff, i know what he means about being made fun of for being a vegan but he showed why he is one, with lung damage the kitten probably would had a tough life medically if it had lived, good and bad story all rolled into one but its nice to know there are people out there that care that much and aren’t afraid to show it regardless of the reaction from their peers ( the public obviously eats it up).

  • Agree, but I still think it’s incredibly sweet what the firefighter tried to do.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    It was almost as good as “Marine Returns Early From Deployment, Surprises Kids, Gets Hit By Bus”

  • Jim Olson

    Concur. This was not a feel good story.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Funny, I was just thinking that I could use an uplifting story. “House Fire Kills Kitten” wasn’t really it.

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