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Richmond police, fire crews join forces for stranded kitten

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

It took the combined effort of Richmond Police and the Richmond Fire Department on Monday to rescue a kitten that had somehow become stranded atop a 75-foot pillar supporting Interstate 95 near Main Street Station in downtown Richmond.

Police said a passerby near the train station heard the kitten's meows and spotted its ears peeking over the edge of the pillar, and that prompted the woman to contact the authorities.

The first attempt to free the kitten failed, as Officer Kelly Morley and other officers tried to rescue it from above, only to find that the pillar where the kitten was stranded was about five feet out of reach.

Police then called in reinforcements from the Richmond Fire Department, which sent out a ladder truck. Authorities said the 75-foot ladder was barely tall enough to reach the top of the pillar, but Firefighter Betty Migliaccio climbed to the top and carried the kitten down in her arms.

Now the kitten, barely four weeks old, is in the care of Richmond Animal Care and Control. Police said Officer Morley already plans to adopt him when he's old enough to leave the shelter.

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