It was, as Suffolk County police Officer Patrick Olchovy put it, "one of those awww moments."
The Seventh Precinct officer and fellow Officer Bobby Stahl of the emergency service unit came to the aid of a kitten trapped under the hood of a Toyota Sienna minivan Wednesday morning on Madison Street in Mastic.
Working together for about an hour -- jacking up the vehicle, removing a tire and rooting around under the hood where it was trapped -- the officers were able to get the kitten extracted, Olchovy said.
"It was meowing the whole time. I felt really bad for it," said Olchovy, even though he was bitten twice and had to go to the hospital for precautionary shots.
"It was so cute," he said, "you couldn't be mad at it."
About to be driven to school, Alexander Morales, 10, said on video that he heard a meow and told his mother to take a look under the vehicle's hood.
"Once she popped the hood, I saw the cat," he said. "I panicked. I was, like, there was a cat under the car, so I couldn't go to school."
Of the officers' endeavor, he said, "they did a great job," and he felt happy that the kitten was rescued.
After its release, the officers checked with neighbors, who said they didn't recognize it, Olchovy said.
So the kitten, then docile, was taken to Brookhaven Animal Shelter & Adoption Center. A veterinarian stitched up a cut on its jaw, a town spokesman said, and after 10 days, the kitten will be put up for adoption.
With James Carbone