Palm Beach 911 operator honored for saving kitten thrown from car


On April 13, Mathew Meek, a 911 operator, saw a kitten being thrown from a car on a bridge leading to Palm Beach.

Meek immediately called an officer to the scene, and after another passing car nearly drove over the kitten, the officer scooped up the kitten and saved it.

Meek was honored at Thursday’s Palm Beach Police Department ceremony as Major Nicholas Caristo retold the story.

“Our 911 operators are a vital part of our police department, but quite often they’re not really recognized because they’re behind the scenes,” Caristo said. “But not today.”

Caristo said he later took the kitten to a veterinarian hospital and adopted it.

“The kitten is named Bridget,” Deputy Chief Ann-Marie Taylor said, “because she was found on the bridge.”

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