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Mouth to Meow-th: Mass. firefighter revives cat

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A lucky cat owes one of its nine lives to a firefighter who revived it with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Al Machado rescued the cat from a burning apartment Tuesday, telling The Standard Times of New Bedford that he saw immediately that it needed air.

Machado began performing mouth to mouth on the animal as he carried it outside.

Video shot at the scene shows Machado bent over, breathing into the cat's mouth several times. The cat, a tiger angora, was revived and resting comfortably soon after.

No humans were injured in the fire. A man and woman whose last known address was the building that burned were arrested and charged with arson, authorities said.

Two other cats died in the second-floor apartment, but two dogs there were saved with the help of oxygen from paramedics and animal rescue personnel. Pets on the other two floors - including a ferret and even some frogs on the first floor - were all saved.
Asked what it tasted like to give mouth-to-mouth to a cat, Machado laughed, grimaced and said: "Like fur."


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See god love the fire fighters because I'm not doing mouth to mouth on a cat. Do you know where that cats mouth has been:)
Well, have you been down here lately? I'd rather give mouth-to-mouth to a cat than a majority of our citizens... god knows where the hell THEIR mouth has been!

Anyway, it's not the first time the NBFD has gone above and beyond like this... we definitely have a solid group of FF's

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Firefighter purr-plexed by media spotlight from cat rescue

New Bedford Fire Fighter Al Machado, is reunited for the first time with Kiki, the cat he rescued and performed CPR on at a house fire on Summer St. Kiki was under the care of Nicholas Dagenais, D.V.M., at New England Animal Hospital in Fairhaven.JOHN SLADEWSKI

By Steve Urbon
Standard-Times senior correspondent
September 12, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - Al Machado was leading a fairly regular life as a firefighter in a small city until he revived a house cat with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and the world found out about it.
Jay Leno's producers at "The Tonight Show" were among the flood of callers to Mr. Machado's home on Wednesday, the day after the tenement fire on Summer Street. "Inside Edition" wanted him on the program - along with the cat. Animal Planet had to wait their turn. People magazine was looking for photos.
Thursday was Mr. Machado's day off, but he spent most of it doing interviews and posing for pictures with the feline he rescued.
It is no exaggeration to say that he's bewildered by all the attention and that he wants people to keep some perspective.
"Firefighters save people all the time and don't get this kind of credit for it," he pleaded. "I'm kind of thrown back."
Even this time, he said that the firefighters who went into that burning building to look for people and pets deserve more credit than he does. He was the one stationed outside, waiting to be handed any pets to get them to safety.
Never mind. Even the crew at the fire station, heads shaking in amazement, caught Regis and Kelly talking about this incredible firefighter from SouthCoast who did this thing.
In a matter of hours, the story had flashed around the world and the Internet via The Associated Press, and people everywhere were picking imaginary fur out of their mouths imagining how anybody could do what Al Machado did. But what he did could become the new expectation among firefighters when it comes to rescuing pets.
Mr. Machado was reunited with the cat Thursday at the New England Animal Hospital in Fairhaven, which had the 3-year-old tiger angora named Kiki on an IV since she was brought in. The cat was nervous and clearly unhappy about being picked up, but she was otherwise putting up with all the fuss. Dr. Nicholas Dagenais pronounced her well and ready to go home at any time.
But there's a hitch. Animal Control Officer Manny Maciel said that "we're looking into the legalities" involved in returning a pet to owners - Alvin Warren Niles, 43, and Joan T. Ferreira - who have been charged with arson on a dwelling: setting fire to an apartment where there were two dogs and three cats, and where two of the cats didn't make it.
It could be that Kiki will go up for adoption. Judging by her celebrity status, it won't take long.

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I think it is great that he saved the cat, but whats with the national media picking up the story? Oh wait, thats right, its because he's a FF.

Good story though, glad he did it and that the kitty is OK.

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I think it is great that he saved the cat, but whats with the national media picking up the story? Oh wait, thats right, its because he's a FF.

Good story though, glad he did it and that the kitty is OK.
That is a great story. There was a story about a deputy in Florida earlier in the week, and an injury was sustained in the process of kitten-saving. Good week for kitties.

The POSs who torched the place should be stomped to death.
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