Conn. FF-EMT saves cat suffering smoke inhalation

Chesterfield Firefighter-EMT Amie Barnes said she had never given oxygen to an animal before but followed her instincts to save the "feline member of the family"


By Laura French

OAKDALE, Conn. — A Connecticut firefighter-EMT saved a cat suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire on Wednesday. 

Chesterfield Firefighter-EMT Amie Barnes said she saw a "feline member of the family" struggling to breathe at the scene of a house fire, and felt she needed to do "what any living being and loving person would do" to help, according to Patch.com. Although she had only ever treated humans before, she said she followed her training and administered oxygen to the cat, whose name is Luminescence, using a normal mask until he seemed to be doing better. 

Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the fire, and no humans were injured. Barnes instructed the cat's grateful owner to take him to the vet for a checkup, as she wasn't able to test his oxygen levels with the monitor made for humans. 

Chesterfield Firefighter-EMT Amie Barnes (right) administers oxygen to a cat suffering from smoke inhalation after a house fire. (Photo/Chesterfield Fire Company Facebook)
Chesterfield Firefighter-EMT Amie Barnes (right) administers oxygen to a cat suffering from smoke inhalation after a house fire. (Photo/Chesterfield Fire Company Facebook)

 

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