This situation is frustrating to me, and I don't think it's just because I'm married to a firefighter and the daughter and granddaughter of a firefighter- but this man died saving a cat who would have eventually come down from that tree. A rescuer should never risk their life to save an animal, and I love my cats more than just about anything. I value my husband's life more than that of a cat and that is not something I feel bad or guilty for. The community suffered a huge loss, as did this man's family. Cats do indeed come down from trees, but even if they didn't, I refuse to offer up my husband's life for the life of my or another person's cat. That being said, if a firefighter sees an animal in a dangerous situation (ie a house fire) and can get to the cat without endangering themselves they will. They have saved dogs who fell through ice, a friend of my husband's intubated a cat they picked up in a house that was on fire, another friend rushed a police dog to the emergency vet after it had been shot- I'm not saying they shouldn't help animals, but they shouldn't risk their lives for an animal any more than they should for a vacant building and I would never want anyone to risk serious injury or death to save Annabelle or Isabelle.