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Deputy Helps Save Kitten After Troy Mills House Fire

TROY MILLS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A Corridor family is thankful for the rescue of their young kitten after a fire broke out Sunday evening in their Troy Mills home. The fire happened at the home of Marc and Becky Rawson at 5273 Reamer Road around 7:38 p.m., Sunday night. The family said that they estimate the damage at far more than $100,000.

When their home caught fire, the Rawsons 11-year-old son, Parker, was worried about his kitten, Wuzzy, that was still inside. So, despite the smoke, Parkers uncle, Derek, went in to save the little gray kitten.

Even if its something as small as a little kitten, you still dont want to lose a little life like that, Derek Rawson said.

When Derek located the kitten in the homes master bedroom, it was lifeless, so the family asked Linn County Sheriffs Deputy and paramedic, Ben Brink, if there was anything he could do.

Brink decided to try giving oxygen to the small kitten, and it worked.

I was just glad that everything was alright and everybody was okay, Parker said. 

Parker even decided to rename his kitten, Smokey. Little did he know, it is a family name.
The cats mothers name was Smokey Jane, Marc Rawson said.

Its a fact the family found out long after Wuzzy became Smokey.

The Rawsons just moved into their home six months ago and did extensive remodeling during that time. There are a couple of funds set up to help the family. There is a fund set up at the University of Iowa Credit Union in Marion, Iowa. Just make donations to the attention of Sarah Hughes. There is also a fund set up in care of Marc and Becky Rawson at Farmer`s State Bank.

The family is also holding a benefit on November 30th. To learn more, click here.

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