SEATTLE – On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, the Fire Alarm Center received a peculiar call from community members in the Fremont neighborhood. Crews from the Fremont and Queen Anne fire stations (Engine 9 and Ladder 6) responded to the scene to find a cat who had wedged himself between two garages, in a space about 4-inches wide. Neighbors had heard the cat howling and went out to see what had happened. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to remove the cat. Firefighters worked for over an hour using special tools, and were eventually successful in rescuing the cat from between the cement structures. The cat was unfortunately in bad shape once he was removed.
A couple of days later, firefighters at the Fremont station received a surprise visit from “Wally” the cat, his owners, and neighbors who helped at the scene. They were happy to see Wally alive and well, and in good spirits. It’s no coincidence that the Fremont Fire Station’s patch is of a black cat, that looks very similar to Wally.
Media interested in interviewing firefighters or the cat’s owners/neighbors, can contact Seattle Fire’s Public Information Officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.