updated 07/07/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/07/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
As he was crossing New York City’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on July 2, animal control officer Brendon Ocasio thought he saw someone throw a ball of trash out of a moving car.
Moments later, he realized the unimaginable had happened.
“When it hit against the wall, he saw it was moving,” Richard Gentles, a spokesman for New York’s Animal Care & Control tells PEOPLE. “He realized it was a kitten, and it started running to the Brooklyn side of bridge.”
Ocasio jumped into action. He safely pulled over his vehicle in an effort to rescue the little gray kitten.