They rush into fires, help accident victims and save lives, but a Weslaco woman is singing the praises of three firefighters after they rescued her cat.
Like most animal lovers, Ednah Ojago considers "Angel" a part of her family.
When the kitten escaped from her home, got spooked, and climbed up a giant tree outside her Weslaco home, Ednah felt helpless.
"My heart was pumping really fast, Ednah said. "I did think the worst, and I thought maybe he's stuck and he was up there. He was crying,"
She tried a ladder; she even called on a neighbor TMs kid for help.
But ~Angel TM was perched too high in the tree, simply out of reach.
The only thing I could think about was the Weslaco fire department, Ednah said. I'm like, should I call them for this, and I said yes I have to because maybe he's hurting up there.
Three Weslaco firefighters quickly arrived with a truck. They used their ladder and began the ascent, while Ednah rolled on the rescue with her camera.
"In the back of my mind I was really praying for him as he climbed up the tree and saying ~thank god TM please ~protect him, TM Ednah recalled.
Angel was eventually pulled from the branch and handed to another firefighter to safely bring down from the tree. Ednah was elated.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you! Ednah told firefighters. Oh, he's free! He's home free! Thank you so much.
She believes they risked they own lives and didn TMt even flinch.
It means these people are committed to the community, Ednah appreciatively said.
Captain Carlos Garcia with the Weslaco Fire Department says it TMs not every day they get thanked.
"I want to thank her for this kind gesture and the kind words that she bestowed on our men," the captain said.
He added how it TMs humbling to know that people appreciate their work.
Any firefighter would be willing to do the same thing," he said.
Before the firefighters left, Ednah is heard on camera telling them that they TMre going to be on ~Channel 4 TM.
She wanted to make sure her other "angels" get the recognition they deserve.
"It's my favorite channel, so I had to say, you know what, I want to show you guys to channel 4, so everyone can see that you guys are really committed to the community," Ednah said.
Lt. Jaime Hernandez, driver David Martinez and firefighter Martin Rodriguez are credited with being the ones who rescued the cat.