January 2, 2016 . In. at 3:00 A.M. in the suburban neighborhoods Sprint Car Driver, Greg Staab was about to die and would have from smoke inhalation as his home was on fire. He had inhaled so much smoke that he would not have woken up. In fact nobody knew that the home was on fire but thankfully Officer Ray Hurt was at the right place at the right time and saw the fire coming from the back of the home.
After calling in the house fire Hurt ran inside and pulled the man from the burning house and the man woke up and began to breathe again. It was then that Staab was told the Officer him that his girlfriend, Penny Stewart, and two dogs were still inside the home.
With that information Firefighters were able to go inside with protective gear and rescue Penny as well.
Officer Hurt says that he is not a hero and doesn’t like being called one though. He told CBS4Indy “There are other officers that put their lives on the line and do a lot more dangerous stuff than I do. I was just at the right place at the right time.”
Others disagree though “That’s a hero right there,” Staab’s employer, Indy Race Parts Owner Bernie Stuebgen, said. “I’d like to shake (Hurt’s) hand you know. That’s a commendable thing to do. That’s above and beyond.”
Hurt had picked up an extra shift that he was not originally supposed to work.
Stuebgen said Staab was doing well Saturday and is expected to make a full recovery, however Stewart remains in very critical condition at Methodist Hospital.
Staab’s friend Tia Shircliff Dori set up a GoFundMe page in his honor to help him with the costs of recovery.
Firefighters also said they did not find any smoke detectors inside the home. They said this is an important reminder to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and to make sure you have a detector in each bedroom and hallway.