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Sunday 22 May 2022 07:55 AM Moment brave sheriff's deputies rescue nine-year-old from his burning Florida ... trends now
Sunday 22 May 2022 07:55 AM Moment brave sheriff's deputies rescue nine-year-old from his burning Florida ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 07:55 AM Moment brave sheriff's deputies rescue nine-year-old from his burning Florida ... trends now

Two Florida's sheriff's deputies rescued a nine-year-old boy from a house fire moments before the home was completely engulfed in flames.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Reich and Deputy Alexander Maldonado  attended the fire at the property in Joe Ebert Road in Seffner, Florida, just before 11pm on May 19.

Distraught parents, Chris and Karen Ares, who were on the front lawn with the family dog, told them that their son Owen Ares, 9, was still inside.

Video from the scene shows the pair smashing through Ares' window and using  their flashlights to guide the boy through the smoke towards them, where they then grabbed him and pulled him out to safety.

They lay him on the front lawn to check his vitals and waited with Ares until paramedics arrived to rush him to a local hospital. 

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Two Florida's sheriff's deputies rescued a nine-year-old boy from a house fire moments before the home was completely engulfed in flames

Two Florida's sheriff's deputies rescued a nine-year-old boy from a house fire moments before the home was completely engulfed in flames 

The pair smashed through Ares' window and were able to use their flashlights to guide the boy through the smoke towards them, where they then grabbed him and pulled him out to safety

Ares was breathing when he was pulled from the home but he could not stand, officials said

The pair smashed through Ares' window and were able to use their flashlights to guide the boy through the smoke towards them, where they then grabbed him and pulled him out to safety 

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Ares, his mother, Karen McGinnis, and the homeowner were all treated at Tampa General Hospital. 

Ares remains in the ICU where he is being treated for smoke inhalation. Ares also suffered burns in the incident. 

Neither Reich or Maldonado were injured in rescuing Ares. Both men joined the department in March 2020. 

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement: 'I could not be more proud of the quick actions and bravery these deputies displayed, never giving up until they were able to pull the child to safety. It is because of their heroism that this young boy made it out alive. 

'Law enforcement officers are often the first to respond to any emergency scene, so we must always be ready to jump in and help. These deputies never hesitated. They are true examples of what it means to be a hero.' 

Nine-year-old Owen Ares is being treated for smoke inhalation and second degree burns

Nine-year-old Owen Ares is being treated for smoke inhalation and second degree burns 

Ares' mother said in a press conference: '[Owen] is my little hero, my North Star, he's my fighter,' she said. 'I've taught him to fight and in fact, sometimes he fights too much.'

Ares' mother said in a press conference: '[Owen] is my little hero, my North Star, he's my fighter,' she said. 'I've taught him to fight and in fact, sometimes he fights too much.'

Ares mother told the media in a press conference the day after the fire that her son suffered second-degree burns on his face and right-arm. 

He is 'heavily sedated' as hospital staff work to clean his wounds, reports WTSP.  

McGinnis said in the press conference: '[Owen] is my little hero, my North Star, he's my fighter,' she said. 'I've taught him to fight and in fact, sometimes he fights too much.'

McGinnis told the media about her

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