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BELTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- PETA officials say that they will give the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department its Compassionate Fire Department Award for saving a kitten from a car engine a few days ago.

A driver who heard a meowing sound from his engine while traveling on Route 1 on Monday asked for help from firefighters. Firefighters responded after he pulled into a parking lot and after 45 minutes trying to free the tiny tabby, they rescued thethree-week-old kitten from the car engine.

The gray striped kitten appeared to be in good shape and was named Columbo because Monday was Columbus Day.

Columbo went back to the firehouse with its rescuers, and was adopted by one of the firefighters.

The fire department will get a certificate, letter of appreciation, box of vegan chocolate and package of oxygen masks for animals along with their award, say PETA officials.

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