HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A group of Huber Heights officers were honored Monday for saving the life of a driver they were trying to pull over.
The five rescued a man from his burning truck last month.
“It’s nice to be up there with my peers, but it’s just part of the job. It’s something we do every day, but we don’t expect to get anything extra out of it,” said Officer Larry Tyree, Huber Heights Police Department.
Officer Tyree was called for back up on the night of August 17 after another sergeant tried to pull someone over for speeding on Brandt Pike.
When asked to get out and take a sobriety test, the driver took off.
He then crashed into a bridge guardrail before going airborne over a creek, landing in a wooded area. His truck bursting into flames.
“Every emotion that you could feel goes through you in situations like that,” said Officer Scott Short, Huber Heights Police Department.
Officer Short has been an officer for 16 years. He and Officer Tyree ran toward the flames.
The Huber Heights police chief says it was only seconds after they moved the driver that the area was covered in flames.
“It just shows you that officers can switch gears in the drop of a hat,” said Chief Mark Lightner, Huber Heights Police Department.
Officers Tyree Short received the Distinguished Service Award during Monday night’s council meeting.
Three others received commendations for their work that night.
They all say recognition is the last thing on their minds in those moments, but it almost always changes their perspective.
“I’ve been doing this seven years, before that I was in the military as well, so I mean you definitely learn to appreciate things a lot more, with your family and everything, and we just love to do what we do.”
“It makes you think about things differently, you appreciate a few things more, as far as family’s concerned.”