Man risks losing his job for saving a stranded cat
A Verizon employee was suspended by his company after helping a cat stranded at the top of an electric pole.
Published on the 26/03/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:26
Kind Samaritan rescues terrified kitty
On the 16th of March, a Verizon employee was unsuspectingly working in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, when someone from the neighbourhood approached him and asked him if he could help rescue a cat. 'Momma', as she was affectionately called, had been sitting at the top of an electric pole for the past 12 hours! She had climbed up but didn’t know how to get down. Although her owner had tried to contact the Fire Department, the local animal rescue, and even the phone company, none were able to come out right away.
Thanks to the boom lift he was using, the Verizon employee, Maurice German, was able to easily get close to the cat, pick her up, and bring her back safely to the ground, where her worried owner was waiting. People in the neighbourhood were grateful, and applauded the man’s kindness.
Good deeds go punished
When Verizon saw the video of their employee rescuing the cat (which in a very short amount of time had already gone viral), they suspended him! Indeed, the vehicles and equipment used for the rescue mission were not intended to be used in that area.
A Verizon spokesman told CBS Philly: “We take no joy in this job action. However, we’re committed and responsible for keeping our employees and customers safe while working in a particular area. Unfortunately, while this employee’s goal was admirable, he potentially put his life and those around him in jeopardy”.
While this is understandable, people in the community and German’s colleagues were outraged. The man was about to miss out on two weeks salary!
The rescuer becomes the rescuee
Thankfully, he was not alone. His friends and supporters set up a GoFundMe page for him, in the hopes of raising enough money for German to not lose out on 2 weeks salary.
Keith Morales, a colleague of his, wrote “The $ 4,650 goal is the equivalent of the 15 days (3 weeks) pay that Maurice will forgo for simply being a human being looking to help one of our four-legged friends.”
So far, the pages have enabled German to gain his money back, with interest, as it would seem. So a good deed that was supposed to get punished, was rewarded in the end. Good things happen to good people after all!