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Independence veterinarian wears multiple hats

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -- A kitten was rescued from a mobile home on fire in Independence Thursday. Crews were called to a home in Rush-Park Trailer Court on 19th avenue northwest just before 9:00 AM. No one was home at the time of the fire, except the family cat.

Volunteer fire departments have the unique ability that their members are not only firefighters, but also electricians, doctors, business men and more. In Thursday's case, the volunteer firefighter that saved the cat -- Doug Peterschmidt -- is a veterinarian.

Just after 5 o'clock on Thursday, Peterschmidt was wearing his surgery hat. Performing emergency surgery on a dog in his clinic.  But Thursday morning, he was wearing a different hat. Helping respond to this fire in a mobile home in Independence.

"My job is to make sure people are doing what they are supposed to do and are acting in a safe manner," Peterschmidt said.

He and 25 others volunteer for the Independence Fire Department -- dropping everything to help save peoples lives, and sometimes their pets'.

"We brought him out of the fire and then he ran back in. The second time we saw him he wasn't doing as well," Peterschmidt said.

So Peterschmidt put his veterinarian hat back on and helped save the kittens life too. Then, it was back to the operating table, where he finished surgery and headed home to wear his husband hat.

Peterschmidt says the volunteer fire department wouldn't be successful without the support of business leaders.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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