2016 REWIND: 99. DeLand firefighters rescue cat from storm drain

Photos for Headline Surfer® / A cat is rescued from a drain on April 1 n DeLand, Florida by city firefighters. It was given some oxygen and then coaxed into coming out out by some refreshing water on a seasonably hot Florida morning.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELAND, Fla. -- They say cats have nine lives. At 14, a cat named Sammie may have squeezed out his final lifeline with a little help from his new-found friends: DeLand firefighters who rescued the furry creature from a drain on this April Fools Friday morning. No joke. The cat's out of the beg, err, drain.

Sammie was located by its owner in a street drain on Main Street after hearing the feline's unmistakeable cries for help, DeLand municipal spokesman Chris Graham said. The owner came home at 11 a.m. came and "could hear Sammie meowing," Graham said. Sammie was reluctant to come out at first, but firefighters coaxed the furry feline with some cold, refreshing water.

Chris Graham, DeLand city spokesman / Headline Surfer®Sammie the cat was located by its owner in a street drain on Main Street after after hearing the feline's unmistakeable cries for help, DeLand municipal spokesman Chris Graham said. 

The owner came home at 11 a.m. came and "could hear Sammie meowing," said Graham shown here. Sammie was reluctant to come out at first, but firefighters coaxed the furry feline with some cold, refreshing water.

Sammy the cat tough critter to coax from storm drain / Headline Surfer®A DeLand firefighter reaches down through a manhole cover opening to feel fore Sammie the cat who was rescue from the storm drain nearby moments later.

"It all ended well," Graham said, using a variation of the time-worn cliche, "All's well that end's well."

No matter how the government public relations is spun, in this case, curiosity did not kill Sammie the cat, thanks to some brave DeLand firefighters on an April Fool's morning. For real.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.