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Posted on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

Video shows Ann Arbor firefighter rescue cat from burning apartment building

By Julie Baker


An Ann Arbor firefigher rescues a cat from a burning building.

Kyle Feldscher |

An Ann Arbor firefighter rescued a cat from a burning apartment building in Ypsilanti Township Monday afternoon.

Schooner Cove fire

Complete coverage of the fire at the Ypsilanti Township apartment complex

More than 40 firefighters from several departments responded to the blaze at Schooner Cove apartments off Huron River Drive.

WXYZ captured a video of the rescue, which shows the firefighter — with the name Gravelle on his suit — reaching into a third-floor apartment for several minutes as flames approach.

The rescue happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. Firefighters extended a ladder to the window and used it to smash the glass.

See the video below:


Clifford McLeod

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 9:11 p.m.

That would be Jason Gravelle from Ann Arbor Fire Department... Great job brother.

Julie Baker

Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 10:46 p.m.

Reporter Kyle Feldscher spoke with firefighter Jason Gravelle this afternoon about the rescue. Read about it here:


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 10:29 p.m.

I want to add my thanks to the brave fireman who rescued the cat while he appears to be very near the flames. My cat Maggie sends her thanks as well. Also thanks to the fireman who saved the dog and I hope no animals were lost in this terrible fire.

Lizzy Alfs

Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 9:51 p.m.

This is amazing. Thank you!!


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 9:51 p.m.

I am sure it was an oversight, but I believe the firefighter is from Taylor, unless of course that is his last name!:)


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 10:28 p.m.

My fault. A different poster mentioned his last name and it is TAYLOR. :)


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 9:38 p.m.

Nice work, firefighter Gravelle! My cats and I love you for what you did!


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 9:12 p.m.

to the A2 Firefighters, THANK YOU, Mr. Gravelle and Mr. Taylor for saving the cat. I know you do much more and I am glad we can all count on you when we need you!


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

Just in time for Caturday!


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 8:38 p.m.

Awesome. Fairly dramatic with the growing flames just adjacent, and falling gutters/siding, etc. Firefighter must inhale a lot of vaporized polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Gross.


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 8:36 p.m.

Thank you! I know many people don't like cats, or even dogs for that matter...but this is exactly the right thing to do! Animals need our help and they depend on us.


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 8:34 p.m.

Amazing footage. This man deserves a commendation.

Donald Martin

Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 8:23 p.m.

Thank you "Gravelle", from a cat lover.


Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 8:18 p.m.

On behalf of all us cat lovers, heck, animal lovers in general, firefighter Gravelle, thank you! sign me, Madeleine Borthwick Purrs of appreciation from "Esther" as well!!