Caught on Camera: North Kansas City police officer rescues stranded kitten

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CNN/KMBC) A North Kansas City Police Officer stepped in to save a life -- and ended up with a new family member.

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Officer Jason Smith noticed a tiny kitten on a busy roadway's barrier wall and immediately pulled over to remove it from harm.

"I just needed to try to calm the cat down so I started calling the cat like we've done at home to get the cats to come out," he said.

Smith got the kitten back in his patrol vehicle, warmed her up and then she started to get comfortable.

"I was kind of trying to drive," he said. "I moved the cat over and the cat was coming to get back over on me again and walked across the control box."

Smith said he startled the driver who was in front of him. You can hear him apologize -- the entire rescue was captured on his body camera.

After being checked out by a vet, Officer Smith's family adopted the kitten. They have named her Bella.