Let’s be honest here, most cats don’t really do anything. Well, except when there’s catnip involved.
However, there are exceptions.
Back in 2005, Gary Rosheisen’s cat Tommy became his hero. Rosheisen, from Columbus, Ohio, is wheelchair-bound and suffers from seizures and osteoporosis. He brought Tommy into his home in hopes that having a cat would assist in lowering his blood pressure. He also believed having a pet would make a wonderful companion.
Due to his frequent seizures, Rosheisen tried to teach Tommy how to press the 911 speed dial button on a telephone in case there was ever an emergency. Never knowing if the training would actually stick, especially since the cat could be stubborn at times, he still had faith that perhaps Tommy would know the difference between a practice situation and the real thing.
Then, one day, the moment of truth came.
According to USA Today, Rosheisen fell out of his wheelchair during a seizure in his bedroom and couldn’t get up because of the immense pain from his osteoporosis. The medical-alert necklace he usually wears around his neck was also out of reach, so he couldn’t alert paramedics that he needed help.
But somehow, the orange and tan cat realized something was wrong and managed to hit the speed dial button for 911.
“The phone in the living room is always on the floor, and there are 12 small buttons including a speed dial for 911 right above the button for the speaker phone.” Rosheisen explained.
When a dispatcher picked up the call and there was no answer on the other line, police were sent to Rosheisen’s home. Officer Patrick Daugherty called it “kind of weird” that when he arrived on scene there wasn’t anyone on the phone, but that a cat was lying on the ground next to it and his owner was incapacitated in another room.
“He’s my hero,” Rosheisen said.
This brilliant puff of fur saw that his owner was in trouble and did what he had been trained to do. He remembered how to act in an emergency.
Rosheisen will forever be in debt to his trusty pet.