Village Videos: No Rescue Too Small—Or Too Cute—for Tinley Park Fire Dept.

Patch spotlights videos that give you a different look at the community, past and present. This week, we feature firefighters saving two trapped kittens. Plus, check out a bonus video for residents who think the new train "quiet zones" are too

Village Videos features videos from Patch, from around the web and from readers that showcase Tinley Park. Want your video featured? Upload it to our Neighborhood Gallery and email me at joev@patch.com to say you want to see it in Village Videos.

Rescues are an art form for the Tinley Park Fire Department.

The firefighters train regularly to become adept at life-saving techniques that not only involve burning buildings but include more unusual situations. Such as last weekend, when crews saved two Tinley Park girls who were buried in mud that fell on them as they were playing in an excavation hole at a residential construction site.

READ: 2 Girls Rescued After Being Buried in Mud at Construction Site

Sometimes, however, the rescues aren't that dramatic. But that doesn't make them any less important to the people they affect. Take, for instance, the work the fire department did in 2008 to save these kittens trapped in a storm drain under the deck of a village house. If the meows of the scared, trembling, little kitties don't tug at your hearts, the reaction of young Zachary Medo certainly will.

This video was shot by Todd Sherman of the fantastic Northern Illinois FireGround site.

And readers: Can anyone provide an update on the kittens and the family? If so, tell us in the comments section.

BONUS VIDEO: With railroad crossing "quiet zones" going into effect last week, here's a reminder of what you're missing now that train engineers are no longer allowed to sound their horns in Tinley Park.

READ: Railroad Crossing Quiet Zones Start Dec. 3

This video was shot recently at the 80th Avenue Metra station by J-Ball Productions.

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TP Resident December 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I am guessing its a slow news day. A cat video thats more than 3 years old. And maybe your unaware of the fact that if the engineers see somebody near the tracks they will still blow the horn to alert the people that he feels are in possible danger. Silent doesn't mean you will never here the horns.
Joe Vince December 09, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@TP Resident: Sorry this isn't your cup of tea, but I'm glad you read/watched it. We like to keep a variety of articles and features on Patch. And yes, I am aware that engineers can sound their horns in cases of emergencies (that detail is in the story that is linked above). I was overstating for effect and didn't include that exception or the fact that village officials said it will probably take a few weeks before engineers are accustomed to the Tinley Park quiet zones. Again, thanks for reading. Joe Vince Local editor, Tinley Park
TP Resident December 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Your right old news isn't my cup of tea. Either is misleading article headlines.
Oak Lawn Mom December 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Um, TP Resident, I don't think you read this post closely--How is the headline misleading? Are kittens not small or cute? Most Internet readers and Animal Planet watchers would say so. Were they not rescued by the TPFD? No, the video isn't recent (it clearly says it's from 2008)--but did you not see that the editor is asking if anyone has an update on the kittens rescued in the video? That's kind of the point. I, for one, would love to know how their little lives have turned out. Anyone know?
TP Resident December 10, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I wasn't referring to the cat story being misleading. I was talking about the silence of the train horns Thank you very much.


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