Grosse Pointe Shores officers rescue kitten during house fire

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 4, 2020

File photo by K. Michelle Moran


GROSSE POINTE SHORES — For the Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Department, the mission of protecting and serving includes furry, four-legged residents as well as their human companions.

While fighting a three-alarm fire at a home in the 900 block of Lake Shore Road the afternoon of Oct. 26, officers safely located and removed a gray kitten that was “pretty scared, but alive and well,” Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte said. He said the kitten didn’t need oxygen, although the department does have oxygen masks for pets as well as people because of a donation from a resident.

“Fortunately, we were able to locate the little guy,” Schulte said. “(Pets are) members of the family.”

Schulte said his officers responded to the scene after getting a call at around 2 p.m. Oct. 26 about a fire in the basement. A contractor had been working on the furnace, and when officers arrived, they found heavy smoke in the basement due to a furnace fire. 

Crews from Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods also responded to the scene to lend assistance as part of a mutual aid pact among the cities. 

“We are extremely grateful to our mutual partners, who always provide us with a quick and professional response,” Schulte said by email.

Schulte said no one was injured during the fire; the home sustained smoke damage to the first floor, and smoke and water damage in the basement. 

“The fire was contained pretty much to the basement area,” Schulte said.

Schulte and two of his officers searched for the kitten after learning the pet was in the house during the fire. They were unable to locate the kitten initially, but Schulte said that before they cleared the scene, Shores officers — led by Sgt. Ron Coste — conducted a final search, which is when they found the kitten in a first floor room.

“The guys did a great job,” Schulte said of the “extremely caring officers” in the department. “Many of these guys are animal lovers.”