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Grant Kelly and Ty Carlson save kitten left in parked, locked car on a hot Friday afternoon, Aug. 5

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM FIRE - Gresham Firefighters Grant Kelly and Ty Carlson rescued a cat from a parked car left in the summer heat.  Gresham Fire & Emergency Services protects community members, big and small and furry.

Two firefighters, Grant Kelly and Ty Carlson, made a heroic rescue of a kitten that had been left inside a locked, parked car Friday afternoon, Aug. 5, in the hot summer afternoon sun. Kelly is one of the new hires to the department, on the line since July. Both are legacy firefighters — Kelly's dad recently retired from Portland Fire, while Carlson's father served in Lake Oswego.

Officials warn to never leave a toddler, disabled person or pet in a locked car, no matter what time of year. After an hour, the average in-car temperature is 43 degrees higher than the outdoor temperature. That means when it is 90 degrees, the inside of a parked car could reach 138 degrees.


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