L.I. Smoke-Eaters Breathe Life into Cat

By Hasani Gittens
|  Monday, Feb 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:15 PM EDT
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Franklin was rescued by firefighters on Long Island

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Franklin was rescued by firefighters on Long Island

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Eight lives to go.

A Long Island firefighter says a cat named Franklin is in "high spirits" after being revived from smoke inhalation.

Franklin's owner was taken to Huntington Hospital with facial burns after the house fire Saturday night.

Firefighters carried the cat outside, placed him on the hood of an SUV, and took turns giving him chest compressions. After he started breathing again, Lt. John Damico used a pet oxygen mask on him.

The green-eyed, black-and-white cat went home with Damico for a while.

Luckily, perhaps, the firefighter's mother is a veterinarian.

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