It wasn't a cat that West Memphis Fire Lt. Anthony Miller rescued early Thursday morning.
It was 1-year-old Keraney.
The story of the little girl's rescue began when her home at the Riverbend Apartments went up in flames. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw Keraney, her mother and another person trapped on an apartment balcony as flames consumed the structure behind them.
Lt. Miller said he knew time was of the essence.
"I kept telling her 'Just drop her, let her go,'" he said.
Valencia Patterson said that was harder than she could have ever imagined.
"He was there at the right time. I was scared, I had to close my eyes when I dropped her because that was a shocking moment right there," she told WREG while holding her toddler close to her Thursday afternoon.
Other firefighters were able to raise a ladder and help the two adults to safety.
Remarkably no one was injured.
Fire investigators said they believe the entire incident was caused by a small kitchen fire that spread to the rest of the building.