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Lifesaving actions honored in Greenville County

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A deputy, civilian and several firefighters are honored  for their livesaving actions. (Nov 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) A deputy, civilian and several firefighters are honored for their livesaving actions. (Nov 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis honored an upstate deputy, civilian and several firefighters for livesaving actions.

Around 6 p.m. on Oct. 24, deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and Wade Hampton Fire Department responded to a fire on 315 Edwards Road.

When officials arrived on scene, they saw a female standing at a rear window of the home who was yelling for help and screaming that her paralyzed father-in-law was inside with her.

According to deputies, the woman, Chau Ong, carried her father-in-law from his bed and placed him next to the window.

Due to the severity of the fire and the amount of smoke coming from inside the house, Deputy Omar Yahya used a ladder that was near the back of the house to climb up to the window. He then carried the woman from the house, on his shoulders.

Firefighter Braden Brock and Lt. Mike Reese with Wade Hampton Fire Department entered the home through the front door and were able to extinguish the fire.

Sheriff Steve Loftis presented Yahya with a Medal of Valor for going above and beyond the call of duty to save the life of Ong.

Wade Hampton Firefighters Reese, Lt. Brian Jones and Brock were presented with a Letter of Commendation, as well as Ong for their lifesaving actions during this incident.

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