Local police officer rescues neighborhood kitten from tree

- Matt Langan is an 18th District police officer in Philadelphia. He's worked for the city for the past two years, and lives in the Upper Roxborough section of the city. 

Langan was walking his dog last Tuesday when he heard neighborhood cat, Mims, crying from a tree. 

"I got a soft spot for kids and animals," said officer Langan. 

The off-duty officer asked people nearby for a ladder, and neighbor Patty Lynch was fixing her blinds when she noticed the commotion across the street from her home. Lynch brought over a ladder so officer Langan could rescue the scared cat. 

"I've never seen that cat up in a tree before," officer Langan said. "I could tell that she was hurt or something was wrong."

Neighbors gathered as officer Langan climbed the ladder and rescued Mims. Through the commotion, Lynch was able to capture a video, and share it on a local community page. 

"It was just a really sweet moment, that's all," said Lynch. "Everybody puts nasty stuff up online. I wanted to get a nice video out there."

Lynch posted it on the 'Roxborough Rants & Raves' Facebook page with the comment, "Raves to Officer Langan. Our sweet neighborhood kitten was frightened up a tree on Green Valley Drive. Matt brought her down to safety!"

Since Lynch shared the video, more than 60 community members have liked and commented on the video. 

According to officer Langan, it was his first time rescuing a cat from a tree. "I usually leave that to firemen," he said. 

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