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Troopers rescue child from burning house

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LAPEER,MI (WNEM) -

Michigan State Police conducted a tremendous rescue on Monday. If it weren't for their quick actions, the story might be a little different.

"We thought he was dead. It's pretty hard," said Curt Lewis.

Holding back tears, Lewis said his family had escaped a devastating fire, but his son Ashton was still trapped inside.

"There was that point where being a father and a husband, I had to step back and realize he was out somewhere or there was nothing we could really do," Lewis said.

But that's where Troopers Jared Grigg and John Sholtz come in, from the Lapeer Post.

They heard about the fire as the calls went out on Monday night and quickly sprang into action, rushing into the burning home and pulling Ashton to safety.

"It's kind of a blur of what happened. I couldn't tell you any of the radio traffic or what we were talking about. We knew there was someone in there and we had to get them out whatever it took," Grigg said.

Sholtz located the unresponsive child and Grigg safely removed the child from the house and began first aid.

Sholtz continued to looking for additional victims until radio traffic told him the child was the only one in the residence, police said. The other residents were able to escape the fire prior to the arrival of police.

But they said they're not heroes. Instead, they think of it as just another day on the job.

"It's what we were trained to do, it's what we volunteered to do when we became police officers. I'm very proud of what we accomplished as a team," Sholtz said.

Lewis is hugging Ashton a little bit tighter, knowing the situation could have had a much different ending.

He said words cannot express how grateful he is to the police who risked their own life to save his boy.

"Thank you, thank you very much. I couldn't thank you enough," Lewis said.

Ashston had some smoke inhalation, but he is now doing fine.The child was treated for smoke inhalation.

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