Deputy honored for saving driver

Deputy honored for saving driver

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ORLANDO—An Orange County sheriff's deputy is being recognized for his bravery after pulling a driver from a flaming vehicle.

Deputy First Class Gregg Rittger was given an award by his supervisors in the sheriff's office Traffic Division Tuesday.

While off duty on July 23, Rittger watched as s driver sped past him on Avalon Park Boulevard, swerved, and ran into a bank of pine trees.

The car caught on fire and the driver was trapped.

With the assistance of drivers who stopped to help, Rittger used a crow bar to smash through the man's windshield and a pocket knife to cut him out of his seatbelt.

"Somebody handed me a knife even faster than I can get to my own knife.  So there was a lot of people there helping me.  God protected all of us and everything worked out," Rittger said.

More important than the award, Rittger said, is his message for drivers: "slow down, don't drink and drive."

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