"It was so exciting," says Yonkers artist and animal rescuer Greg Speirs, who was among the crowd of 50 people assembled at the foot of the tree on Rockledge Place. "Everyone was cheering."
Before the cat came down, a crew from the Yonkers Fire Fepartment took a shot into the tree with the water hose and missed the furry target.
The volunteers watched where the water fell on the other side of the tree and adjusted the location of the outstretched sheet, Speirs said.
Good thing, because the next shot knocked the orange and white kitty clear out of the tree and perfectly into the safety blanket.
"As soon as the cat landed it jumped out and ran into the woods," said Speirs this morning, still animated about the dramatic dinner-time rescue. "Some kids helped us bring the cat back, and a man said he would adopt the cat right on the spot."
The cat seemed to be more hungry than anything else, chomping handful after handful of cat food, Speirs said.
"You can't come up with a nicer ending than that," he said.