He successfully freed Hank from the fiery vehicle and tossed him into the snow.
“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 in an interview with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
“Nothing else mattered at that point except Hank getting out of the car,” he also said.
In the video, you can hear Deputy Gregorek coughing violently after saving Hank, which illustrates the potential danger of the situation.
A nearby neighbor approached the deputy and offered him water.
The neighbor also told the deputy that his wife was a vet and would be home from a grocery run soon.
She would be able to check on Hank.
When she arrived and assessed Hank, he was already completely recovered.
He was running and sprinting around the backyard.
When the deputy checked on Hank a little later, he also saw that Hank was in good shape.
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