OAKLAND PARK (CBS4) – Two Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies were honored by the Oakland Park City Commission Wednesday night for risking their lives to save an elderly man from his burning home.
The rescue occurred on January 22, when Deputy Pete Storey and Deputy Neil Dodge rushed into the fully engulfed home of Richard Hellicas, 80, at 4311 NE 17 Avenue.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed ID'd By Police
Once inside, they found Hellicas in the master bedroom, overcome by smoke.
The deputies carried Hellicas out of the home, where Oakland Park Fire Rescue crews were waiting.READ MORE: Shot Doral Police Officer In Serious But Stable Condition, Second Officer Recovering
Through CPR, Hellicas was able to regain consciousness and was transported to Holy Cross Hospital, where he made a full recovery,
“I’m grateful,” said Hellicas, who attended the meeting. “I consider myself very lucky.”MORE NEWS: South Florida PBA Union President Steadman Stahl On Stress Of Being A Police Officer
Deputies Storey and Dodge both received Life Safety Commendations from the Commission.