Kittens rescued by local heroes

To the editor:

We are writing to express our sincere gratitude to the city of Oberlin fire and street departments as well as to Greg Willey of the Lorain County Animal Protective League.

Last Friday, three stray kittens became trapped in the pipes beneath our yard which collect rain runoff to be sent to the sanitary sewers. We contacted Mr. Willey, who came by within half an hour and began trying to coax the first kitten out just as the skies opened up and the rain began falling. He had no rain gear but patiently knelt over the drain pipe for over 30 minutes before he rescued the first kitten. Initially, we believed that was the only kitten trapped but after checking again another kitten was found.

For the next 90 minutes, he tried in vain to retrieve the little guy. We then contacted the fire department to see if they could provide assistance. Their response was prompt and efficient. Within an hour of their arrival, the second kitten was freed. They then called the street department to obtain a camera used to inspect pipes and found the third kitten. After several hours of patient prodding, they were able to rescue this little lady.

They all showed extreme patience and dedication to the successful completion of the task at hand. Thank you all for your caring service!

Rick and Kathy Hetsko