Earlier this month, Verizon employee, Maurice German was approached by members of the community in Port Richmond, Philadelphia about a cat stuck on a telephone pole. Princess Momma was stuck up there for over 12 hours. Her family tried asking for help from animal rescue, the fire department, and PECO, but no one helped.

German had the company lift, so he was kind enough to help. He couldn’t just leave Princess Momma up there when he had the means to save her. A video showing him rescuing the precious cat like a damsel in distress went viral, and although he was praised by most people, his employers weren’t happy.

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Company equipment is supposed to be used in authorized areas only, so Verizon claims that German put everyone around him in danger by helping the cat. On March 22nd, they announced they were suspending German for three weeks, stating: “we’re committed and responsible for keeping our employees and customers safe while working in a particular area.”

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Bystanders did not feel they were in danger at all, and praised German for being a hero to Princess Momma. To help him out, they even created a GoFundMe to raise money for him and the donations prove how many people support German and disagree with Verizon. German was even honored with a “Hero to Animals” Award by PETA.

If you also want to tell Verizon that saving an animal’s life is the right thing to do, sign this petition asking the CEO of Verizon to reinstate German.

If you enjoy stories of people helping animals in need, check out Man and His Golden Retriever Save Two Dogs Stuck in Frozen Lake.

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