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Little Ferry firefighters Daniel O'Shea and Kyle O'Keefe Photo Credit: Tony DiBlasio (Little Ferry FD)
Here, kitty ... "We couldn't just leave her there." Photo Credit: Tony DiBlasio (Little Ferry FD)

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. -- It took some persuading, but Little Ferry firefighters made their way up a tree to rescue a cat whose owner recently returned home from open heart surgery.

Responders, called by a relative, arrived at 2:10 p.m. Sunday. They didn't come down till around 3.

"She just kept going higher and higher," firefighter Tony DiBlasio told Daily Voice. "She wouldn't come down for food or a toy."

A ladder truck was summoned, and firefighters Daniel O'Shea and Kyle O'Keefe went up, he said.

"It took awhile," DiBlasio said. "Finally we got a hose and gave her a little spritz on the backside.

"It forced her over toward Danny, and eventually she came down in his arms."

The grateful relative thanked the rescuers.

"We're happy with the outcome," DiBlasio said. "We couldn't just leave her there."

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