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'Fire cat' from 1936 slid down fireman's pole

By T.K. Randall
October 29, 2017 · Comment icon 13 comments



Mickey dons his fireman's helmet. Image Credit: Facebook / Old Minneapolis
Newly resurfaced footage from the 1930s shows the remarkable life of Mickey the Minneapolis fire cat.
The quirky black-and-white film follows the feline mascot of Station 10 which, according to the Old Minneapolis Facebook page, was situated on N. 4th Street between Hennepin and First Av. N.

The footage, which was recorded in 1936, details Mickey's close relationship with the station's crew and shows him hopping in to the department's fire cruiser and joining the men on call-outs.

The fearless cat is even shown sliding down the fireman's pole and donning his very own fire helmet.



Source: Star Tribune | Comments (13)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
Gotta be the best cat videos I've seen for ages .... maybe cause I don't look at cat stuff.
Comment icon #5 Posted by South Alabam 5 years ago
That is one cool looking cat mug.
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then 5 years ago
It's good to know that Mickey perished doing what he loved!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Paulywally 5 years ago
Why do I think they tossed this cat at the fire pole to make him slide down it, I am skeptical!
Comment icon #8 Posted by LightAngel 5 years ago
Awwww *Love* 
Comment icon #9 Posted by MJNYC 5 years ago
This is GREAT!  And, saw a post that someone said they tossed the cat and I doubt that.  He wouldn't have known to grab the pole, I think he would have tried to get away. Wonderful cat and video!
Comment icon #10 Posted by HollyDolly 5 years ago
Oh I just loved this video. What a cat.
Comment icon #11 Posted by TravelingDust 5 years ago
Cool cat story. Did they have fake news back then? lol
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ryu 5 years ago
Fake news is not a new creation. Lies and deceptions always existed. The cat looked very stressed when it was in that car with the firefighters judging by his panting.
Comment icon #13 Posted by HollyDolly 7 months ago
The cat didn't look stressed in the car, looked like he was yawning. And yes they did fake news  back then and salacious stories.The New York Graphic run by Berrnar McFadden, founder of True Story Magazine and several others ran a story about a man who escaped a mental asylum and raped a woman. The title of the article on the front page read :Nut Bolts and Screws, and no not making this up. The  scandal of Daddy and Peaches Browning  they did what they called a cosmograph or some such name. It was photos to which they added captions. You can Google this, so it's nothing new.


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