LAPD posts sweet message after officer rescues cat from wildfire
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WATCH: Firefighters across Southern California are battling four major wildfires, and brutal Santa Ana winds are expected to continue fanning the flames.

As multiple wildfires sweep through the Los Angeles area, both people and pets have been put in dangerous situations.

The Los Angeles Police Department posted a sweet message accompanying a photo of one of its officers carrying a cat away from smoke and flames.

"For some it might just be a cat," the LAPD wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "But to others it’s a friend, a loved one, a companion."

The police department wrote that this is one example of its officers representing their motto "To Protect and Serve" during the devastating fires.

The message has been re-tweeted more than 5,000 times and people online have chimed in responding to the photo, thanking officers for putting themselves at risk to save residents and their pets.

The LAPD declined to comment to ABC News.

Flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif., Dec. 16, 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP
This undated photo obtained from the Santa Barbara County Fire, shows flames from the Thomas Fire near homes. Photo Credit: Handout/AFP/Getty Images
Cal Fire captain Jason Novak observes fire behavior during a firing operation at the Thomas Fire above Los Padres National Forest, Calif., Dec. 13, 2017. Novak is part of the Cal Fire Lake Napa Unit.

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A Cal Fire firefighter observes fire behavior during a firing operation in the Los Padres National Forest, Calif., Dec. 13, 2017.

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Wildfire flames burn on a hillside from the Thomas Fire near Montecito, Calif., Dec. 12, 2017.



More than 6,000 fire personnel are still battling the Thomas fire, which has singed more th... Photo Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters

A vehicle burns after the Thomas Fire surged through Toro Canyon, Calif. on Dec. 11, 2017. By midnight the fire had burned over 230,000 acres, was 20% contained, destroyed 880 homes, and was the 5th largest fir... Photo Credit: Stuart Palley for ABC News
Firefighters battle flames on State Route 150 between Carpinteria and Ojai Calif., Dec. 11, 2017.

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Christmas decorations illuminate a house as the growing Thomas Fire advances toward Santa Barbara County seaside communities, Dec. 10, 2017, in Carpinteria, Calif.

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Firefighting helicopters try to save a house from the Thomas wildfire in Carpinteria, Calif. on Dec. 10, 2017.

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Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire's north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai, Calif., Dec. 9, 2017. Photo Credit: Gene Blevins/Reuters
Patricia Hampton wipes away tears on her cot at the county fairgrounds in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 7, 2017. Wildfires menacing the greater Los Angeles area have forced thousands of evacuations; Hampton lost her ho... Photo Credit: Hilary Swift/The New York Times/Redux
Firefighters work to extinguish the Thomas Fire as it burns past the 101 Highway towards the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 7, 2017. Photo Credit: Kyle Grillot/AFP/Getty Images
The Thomas Fire reaches the Northbound 101 freeway north of Ventura, Calif. As of late Dec. 6, the Thomas fire had grown to 96,000 acres and was 5 percent contained as the blaze continued to rage and caused mor... Photo Credit: (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Polaris
Jeff Lipscomb embraces his daughter Rachel, 11, as they stand over where her room was and see her burned collection of books after their home was destroyed in a fire in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Polaris
Flames consume a home as a wildfire burns in Ojai, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017. Photo Credit: Noah Berger/AP
Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway on Dec. 7, 2017 north of Ventura, Calif. The firefighters occasionally used a flare device to burn-off brush close to the roadside. Strong... Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images
NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik shared images of the Southern California wildfires taken from the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: @AstroKomrade/Twitter
Paul and Erica Mattesich embrace before sifting through rubble at their Ventura, Calif., home on Dec. 6, 2017. The family lost their house when the Thomas fire tore through their neighborhood on Colina Vista. Photo Credit: Noah Berger/AP
A painting rescued by firefighters sits on the ground as they work to extinguish fires in a home during the Skirball Fire which began early morning in Bel-Air, Calif. Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: John Centrino/EPA
A firefighter walks out of a vineyard owned by Rupert Murdoch that was damaged by the Skirball fire near the Bel Air neighborhood on the west side of Los Angeles, Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Andrew Cullen/Reuters
Burnt cars lie among the ruins of the Hawaiian Village apartment complex that was destroyed by the Thomas Fire in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Nelson/EPA
Gordon Fischer rests in an evacuation center set up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds after he was displaced by the Thomas Fire in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Nelson/EPA
Firefighters remove furniture from a home destroyed in a wildfire in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles, Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Jae Hong/AP
A firefighter works to save burning houses as ash falls along Linda Flora Drive during the Skirball Fire in Los Angeles, Dec. 6, 2017.

The "Skirball" fire ignited before 5 a.m. (1300 GMT) and quickly... Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Los Angeles firefighters battle to contain flames to a burning home and prevent the fire's spread to adjoining properties in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Reed Saxon/AP
Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017.

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Heavy smoke covers the seaside enclave of Mondos Beach beside the 101 highway as flames reach the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
Brushfire near the 405 Freeway in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, Dec. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: JoeBrennan87/Twitter
A Los Angeles County firefighter prepares to battle a hot spot on the "Creek Fire" in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles, Dec. 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Chris Carlson/AP
Firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early on Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said the blaze broke out Monday and grew wildly in the hours that followed, consuming vegetation that has... Photo Credit: Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP
Horse owners start to evacuate their horses as the Creek Fire intensifies on Foothill Blvd in Lake View Terrace, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Joe Lumaya/The Star via USA Today
A man watches as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Noah Berger/AP
A man uses a hose to extinguish the Creek Fire as it burns along a hillside near homes and horses in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Kyle Grillot/AFP/Getty Images
The Thomas Fire burns along a hillside near Santa Paula, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2017.

More than a thousand firefighters were struggling to contain a wind-whipped brush fire in southern California on December 5 t... Photo Credit: Kyle Grillot/AFP/Getty Images

Homes burned to the ground by the Thomas fire are viewed from a helicopter in Ventura County, Dec. 5, 2017, Ventura, Calif. Photo Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/Polaris
A wildfire threatens homes as it burns along the 101 Freeway Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Photo Credit: AP
Smoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Noah Berger/AP
A photo released by the Ventura County Fire Department shows the Thomas Fire, which forced more than 25,000 people to evacuate Ventura, Calif., Dec. 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Ventura County Fire Department/EPA

Four fires in the Los Angeles area are threatening homes in Ventura, Santa Barbara County, Sylmar, Bel Air and Santa Clarita.

The blazes together have burned more than 116,000 acres.