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Kitten rescue goes viral
Turlock Fire reaps praise for saving four felines from burning wood pile
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Firefighter Dale Medlen rescues a kitten from a fire outside of a home on West Main Street. Medlen and his crew rescued four kittens from the charred wood pile and reunited them with their mother. - photo by Photo Contributed

Turlock Firefighters are causing “ahs” to be uttered around the country as a video of them rescuing four kittens from a burning wood pile spreads across the social media landscape.

The video comes from the helmet camera worn by Firefighter Dale Medlen and since it was posted on Facebook Monday evening it has been viewed more than 6,500 times and picked up by media around the country, including the Miami Herald, the Washington Post,\ and the television show “Inside Edition.”

The firefighters were responding to a fire outside a home on West Main Street that was reported early Monday morning. The first part of the video shows the fire fighters quickly extinguishing the blaze before it could threaten the home. The second part of the video records the four bedraggled looking kittens being rescued from the charred wood pile.

Fire fighters gave the kittens a good rinsing (which the kittens were not particularly fond about), dried them off and placed them in a new shelter. The mother cat was seen near the area and was reunited with the kittens before the fire fighters left the scene. None of the kittens were burned from the fire.

“The response to the video has been very good,” said Turlock Fire Chief Robert Talloni. “It just goes to show that Turlock City firefighters respect life. Human beings are a priority, but all life is special, like it was for that mother cat. Our firefighters go above and beyond the call of duty every time they go out on a call.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.