This morning around 9 am, Sara Tolley was walking her 4-year-old son, Camden, to pre-school at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church right next to Clayton Town Hall when Camden heard the faint cries of what sounded like a little kitten in the deep storm drain in front of Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, Clayton’s municipal library. As soon as they got to school, they asked their teacher to call the Clayton Police Department. Clayton Animal Control Officer Angela Lee responded immediately and knew she needed the help of the Town of Clayton Fire Department.
When the crews arrived they immediately took off the drain covers and tested the air in the drain. Firefighter Daryle Harris went into one drain and Captain Mitch Boyette climbed down into the drain on the other side of East Second Street. Both worked to coax out the kitten and Harris brought the cold, wet kitten to the surface and into the arms of Officer Lee. The kitten’s paw were rubbed raw from its attempts to climb out of the drain. Lee will work with area rescues to help find a home for the animal.
With today’s forecast of rain, the Town of Clayton crews knew that drain would have soon been flooded with water. Everyone was happy to help out and thanked Camden for his sharp ears and call for help!
That’s Town of Clayton Deputy Fire Chief of Operations Jason Dean speaking at the end about yet another unpredictable day in the fire service and animal control!
Way to go Camden!