Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : RIVERSIDE TEXAS FIRE DEPARTMENT...MY HEROES!


OMG, MY CAT WAS IN A TREE AND CHIVALRY IS NOT DEAD. Here I am. It's almost 1:00 am on what is now Wednesday, March 25, 2009. It's been a long night. About three hours ago I was in a panic. A life or death panic. It was 10:30 pm and I found Desi, my long loved 11 year old cat about 45 feet in the air and stuck in an Oak tree.

Yes, I had noticed he was no where for a few hours and began to call for him and worry about him. Off in the distance I heard this MeowYeowWow...he's verbally gifted. He speaks in syllables. This was a cry of help. With a little craning of my neck I sighted him in an Oak Tree of about 80 feet tall. He was more than half way up and screaming for help. Yikes. What does one do now?

Well, I watched the old movies and they always called the fire department. It was pouring down terrential rain. Boy do I have ... uh, ...moxy? Is that what you call it? I called them.Pouring rain...what great guys

"Help, my cat's in a tree!"

And you know what? They didn't laugh. They said they would contact the fire department and have them call me. A gentleman by the name of Teddy called me and spoke with a compassion I miss in most people. He was sincere and said he would go to the station, get what he needed and come to help. What a guy! What a refreshingly wonderfully compassionate and caring thing to do! This is our local Riverside Fire Department. Riverside. A small town of about 400 caring and down to earth people.

They have now gained my total respect!

Riverside Tx Fire Department to the Rescue!They came with ladders, and truck and boots and all! As it was pouring down rain they accessed that he was about 45 feet in the tree. He was really up there. They were concerned that their ladders couldn't reach him but it didn't stop them one bit.

Joe is the man that scaled the ladder with Teddy holding it. He was fully dressed with gloves so Desi wouldn't scratch him.

He managed to reach the stretch point and Desi was spooked. Off Desi went up and away on a branch that took him higher and higher. Joe was patient and called him, and talked to him, and little by little Desi began to come to him. What a miracle it was.


Desi could tell by Joe's voice that he was there to help. So with the rain pouring down, the lights flashing, me calling kitty, kitty and all flashlights shining on Desi's reflective eyes...he moved towards Joe. Joe was able to grab him by the neck. Hard but with care. Joe drew Desi close to him and began to scale the ladder down to safety.

Step by step, fighting vines, rain, and feeling the steps he made progress. About eight feet from the ground he lost Desi. Joe and Teddy heard him hit the ground or at least the bushes. All I could do was sit down and cry. I was worried about Desi and fearful I would lose my kitty and then found myself worried about Joe that could have fallen trying to save him.

Intensity of the moment is what I felt. Relief, gratitude, gratefulness, blessed and shaken, I tried to tell them how much it meant to me. Desi showed up at the front door like a wet rat and I've never seen him eat so furiously. He was so hungry and grateful to be on the ground.Deb's Cat...Desi Brooks. Wet, hungry and scared but SAFE


Joe, you are my hero.

Teddy, you are too.


These two men both showed compassion, caring, giving and bravery with a little cat...

I would trust them with my home, should it burn. God bless you boys. Desi and I are so grateful.

BTW, my lens was sopping wet too. This makes me (officially) an obsessed blogger you


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Comment balloon 16 commentsDeb Brooks • March 25 2009 12:45PM



So nice to hear Desi is safe and with you.  Also nice to hear that chivalry is NOT dead.  You are a dedicated blogger:-)

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) about 10 years ago

Oh, goodness...they'd be my heroes too!  Sopping but safe kitty :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

You probably made their day and didnt even know it. I'd take some homemade cookies to those guys for sure. Cute story and glad it all worked out for the best.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) about 10 years ago

Glad to hear we still have heroes in our world.  Happy that Desi is safe as well as the firefighters.  I agree with Martha I would be bringing them some cookies my wife made, she would make me do it too.  Nice post!

Posted by William "Bill" and Karen Farragher, SFR (EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747) about 10 years ago

I love it! This one caught my eye because as a volunteer firefighter and chief of our department, we were paged out just a couple of days ago for the infamous "cat in the tree" call. Luckily when we got there, the kitten was sitting on the ground with a puzzled look on it's face, wondering what all the fuss was about. I can say that to the public, we presented a professional appearance, but behind the scenes, my nextel was going crazy with calls from other departments and firefighters laughingly offering all kinds of wonderful advice. But just like our profession, it is all about customer service.

Posted by Jim Palmer, Washington County, Florida (Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777) about 10 years ago


You and kitty were certainly wet by the time of the rescue, but these heroes certainly gave us all the warm fuzzy feeling inside.  Glad your kitty is well....

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 10 years ago

I am glad that your cat is safe,but I have not heard of the fire department coming out for a 'cat' rescue in quite some time.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 10 years ago

Nice story. I'm glad they were so helpful and didn't laugh.  I have to admit they way you wrote some of this story made me chuckle. Not about the situation but the presentation. You write well.

Posted by Lisa Glowacki, Real Estate Broker - RI & MA (Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts) about 10 years ago

The old put the cat in the tree to get the buff firemen to come out for the visit, eh? I've heard about you women with this old trick up your sleeve. Seriously, I didn't know they still did that. Cool Deb.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Deb, That would scare me to death if my cat was up in a tree and couldn't get down.  I have to wonder if my fire department would rescue the animal...I'm hoping they would.  I'm so glad you have true heros, it's so nice to know people really do care.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

Deb - That is simply awesome.  It's good to know that you live in a community where people really care about others.  Gary's comment made me laugh out loud!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

Deb - I am glad to hear that Desi is home safe and sound! What a rascal!  

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) about 10 years ago

i once had a cat that got stuck up in ma tree for 4 days..........finally my son got some pegs and rope and climbed up and got road access never thoughtabt calling the fire dept.......hmmm...........i'm gladyou got desi out!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 10 years ago

Deb - LMAO ! It was funny when you told me the story on the phone but actually seeing the pictures and reading it was hysterical. Poor kitty ~ If our cats were together...oh my

Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) about 10 years ago

Please do not forget these guys are all volunteers! So just remember to help support them now and then:)

Posted by Robert Arnold, Lake Livingston Real Estate (Brooks Prime Properties) about 10 years ago

Very cool story of humanity. Glad your cat was rescued and you got the opportunity to brag about your local fire department. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Craig & Sue Guffin, Sedalia Mo Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Monsees Realty) about 10 years ago