A Colorado cop is being hailed as a hero after saving a dog from a burning vehicle last month.
Michael Gregorek weighed in on the heroic moment when he was dispatched to the car fire on January 22nd. Gregorek, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, told the New York Post:
“My thought at that point was ‘he’s coming out with me regardless of whatever else might be happening.
Once I arrived on scene, first thing I see is a gentleman who ended up being the owner of the vehicle, and the owner of the dog, throwing something at the back of vehicle.”
When he heard the owner say that his dog was in the car, he knew he had to make a move.
“It flipped (the) switch from ‘It’s obviously not a crime’ to ‘Now we have a life.
Hank (the dog) comes to the back window, he’s salivating, you can tell that he’s in distress. The owner was trying to pull him out, not successfully.”
In the video, you can see Gregorek shattering the windows of the SUV with a baton before pulling Hank out.
The officer, who has a dog himself, added:
“That’s his baby, I’m not going to get in his way while he’s trying to rescue his baby but the second he opens up an opening for me I just went in there and grabbed on and his body had already started to tense up, so I knew he was really in a bad way.”
Hank was then checked out by a neighbor and was not harmed at all in the terrifying accident.