HEINUS – SAN DIEGO An inmate at a California state prison in San Diego escaped from the prison in a stolen fire truck. The inmate, Thomas Kelley, who has worked as a firefighter, stole a fire truck and drove off prison grounds at high speed. He later assisted a homeowner in rescuing a cat from a tree.
While driving through a residential community near San Diego, Kelley was waved down by homeowner Sharon Zeigelweiss who begged Kelley to rescue her cat from a nearby tree. Kelley reportedly agreed to retrieve the cat and quickly climbed the 60-foot pine. The cat in the tree was a 76-pound cougar that severely mauled the ex-firefighter. Zeigelweiss said the large feline was a beloved family pet named Ziggy and it needed saving. Police arrived to take Kelley to a prison hospital. Zeigelweiss promised to visit Kelley after he recovered from his wounds and bring him videos of Ziggy doing tricks.