1.12.2006

Pussy To The Rescue

So, next time a mouse sets your house on fire, maybe your cat will save you.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A man who fell out of his wheelchair says his cat apparently called 911 for help.

Police received a 911 call from Gary Rosheisen's apartment Thursday, but there was no one on the line. When they called back and got no answer, they decided to check things out.

In the apartment they found Tommy the cat lying by a telephone on the living room floor.

"I know it sounds kind of weird," Officer Patrick Daugherty said.

Rosheisen was unable to get up because of ministrokes that disrupt his balance and pain from osteoporosis. He also wasn't wearing his medical-alert necklace and couldn't reach a cord above his pillow that alerts paramedics that he needs help.

Rosheisen said he got the cat three years ago and tried to train him to call 911, unsure if the training ever stuck.

The phone in the living room is always on the floor, and there are 12 small buttons - including a speed dial for 911.

"He's my hero," Rosheisen said.
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