‘We have a wonderful community’: Team effort saves pet cat, home from kitchen fire

Joshua Riccio, a Department of Transportation Airports Division firefighter recruit, uses a pediatric oxygen mask to resuscitate Ceci, a pet female cat that was overcome by smoke. (Photo courtesy of Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Provencal)

When a Saturday evening stove fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to a Desha Avenue home in the Keaukaha area in Hilo, firefighters were able to save something no amount of money can replace — a pet cat named Ceci.