Firefighters shot at for not helping cat

Associated Press-

KINGMAN, ARIZ. — A man angry at firefighters who refused to rescue a cat from a tree was arrested after he started shooting at the fire crew, officials said.

Jeffrey Cullen, 58, was charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter said.

A three-person fire crew went to Cullen’s home Thursday when he reported a tree fire, but found no blaze, Hualapai Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Sandy Edwards said.

Instead, Cullen told firefighters he wanted a cat rescued from his tree and knew they would only respond to a fire call, Edwards said. A battalion chief told Cullen to call animal control or wait for the cat to get hungry and come down.

Cullen apparently didn’t like the response, Edwards said.

“He went back into the house, got a small black revolver and came outside shooting,” she said.

The firefighters and a 12-year-old boy who had come to see the fire truck ran for their lives, Edwards said. No one was injured.

Deputies arrested Cullen after a brief standoff and struggle.

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~ by jpicune on August 20, 2006.

One Response to “Firefighters shot at for not helping cat”

  1. The angry man sounds like he’s been out in the sun tooooo long. Firefighters are normally a very compassionate group of people. Nothing would justify this man’s response.

    I just posted a wonderful story about the animal rescue efforts in the Humboldt Fire in California recently. The lead photo is great picture of a fireman holding a cat. Check it out.
    Rahma at

    p.s. I just saw the date on this posting. Guess it’s an old story, but timeless also in a way. The link came up on those ‘related story’ things that WordPress does.

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