In a heartwarming incident, a Colorado deputy has been hailed a hero for saving a dog from a burning car. When Deputy Michael Gregorek was dispatched to the scene of a vehicular fire, he was uncertain about the situation that awaited him.
However, he quickly sprang into action when he saw the owner frantically shouting that his dog was trapped inside the car. Using his retractable baton, the deputy broke the car’s back window and pulled the distressed dog, named Hank, out of the vehicle.
In a video captured by the deputy’s body and dashboard cameras, you can see the deputy holding onto Hank tightly and refusing to let go. “His body had already started to tense up, so I knew he was really in a bad way.
So my thought at that point was that he was coming out with me regardless of whatever else might be happening, smoke or fire,” Deputy Gregorek said.
After being rescued, Hank was assessed by a neighbor who happened to be a veterinarian and was found to be in good shape. The grateful dog thanked the deputy in the way dogs usually do, by licking his arms. Deputy Gregorek, who is also a dog lover, said, “A life is a life and you treat it as such in a situation like that.”
This act of heroism has melted the hearts of millions around the world. Deputy Gregorek’s dedication to serving the people of Douglas County and his commitment to putting Hank’s welfare above his own exemplify the true meaning of heroism.