Caught on Camera: Kansas Policeman rescues cat

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North Kansas City, MO (CNN) -- A north Kansas City, Missouri police officer stepped in to save a life -- and ended up getting a new family member.

A north Kansas City, Missouri police officer stepped in to save a life -- and ended up getting a new family member. Courtesy: North Kansas City, MO PD / CNN

Officer Jason Smith noticed a tiny kitten on a barrier wall and called for backup to get traffic under control around the area.

Despite his heroics, the kitten was not thrilled about being taken to safety until it reached the comforts of the patrol car.

After being checked out by a vet -- the kitty was adopted by Officer Smith's family and named Bella.