It's a common trope for a firefighter to rescue a cat. Usually in that kind of story, though, the hero does his job, returns the cat, and continues on with his work. However, during an incident during the Paradise fire, this was not possible, mostly because of how obsessed the feline is with the firefighter.
In the aftermath of the fire in Paradise, CA, firefighter Ryan Coleman with Fairview Valley Fire Inc. was going through the debris, when he came across a very fluffy and scared cat. The feline took to the fireman immediately and climbed on his shoulder.
Can you blame her?
He took some photos and video and posted about the encounter on Facebook.
From there it spread across the internet.
@WCVB Kitty knows who loves her. Melts my heart ❤️— Susan Landry Mears🌊 (@Susan Landry Mears🌊)1542760151.0
@WMUR9 Looks like he has a new best friend❣️I hope he is able to keep her— Marilyn Fay (@Marilyn Fay)1542750079.0
@WPBF25News REal men love cats— Phil Baxter (@Phil Baxter)1542741171.0
@WMUR9 Great Story! Need more like that.— David (@David)1542736701.0
@WGAL @Tendraftsdeep Awww; what an angel kitty 😇, & awesome fireman 👏❣️— ErikaLeighShepler (@ErikaLeighShepler)1542738450.0
@WMTWTV Now that is a great fireman. That cat is so gorgeous he loves him. I hope he takes him home or has him live… https://t.co/eCsUcrG5QO— I LOVE MY CATS THEY ARE MY LIFE.I love my 3 KIDS (@I LOVE MY CATS THEY ARE MY LIFE.I love my 3 KIDS)1542746521.0
@WXII we need more of these kind of stories in this world today— longlegsally (@longlegsally)1542721453.0
@kcranews Cats choose their people!— Tovar Rasputin (@Tovar Rasputin)1542795591.0
@Paul_Lisicky Omg— the poor baby!!— Pigeon Pages (@Pigeon Pages)1542695023.0
@WMUR9 ❤️Awww that’s genuine gratitude The love of the cat 😻😻— Monique Dube (@Monique Dube)1542748397.0
@koconews She found her safe place! How sweet!— Pinky Parker (@Pinky Parker)1542721839.0
@WCVB That's so cute but also so sad That poor little thing must have been so scared And now she knows that he'll keep her safe— Missy (@Missy)1542698063.0
@wdsu Happened to me too. Cat ain’t never leaving now. 🤣— ⚜️ Kristine Froeba ⚜️ (@⚜️ Kristine Froeba ⚜️)1542688693.0
The Camp Fire in northern California has been on a warpath, taking people's homes and lives in its wake. It's the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. The rain, anticipated to arrive soon, should help the firefighters contain the flames.
While Coleman has not spoken on whether he will keep the cat, I think we are all grateful (cats included!) for the emergency response working on this disaster.
If you are in the affected areas, you can check here for up to date information on the California fires.