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Cochranton Volunteer Fire Fighter Honored With Congressional Commendation

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A prestigious honor Monday for a local volunteer fire fighter.
Earlier this month, he saved a man's life after a fiery crash, and Monday morning he received national recognition.

It was around dinnertime, two weeks ago, that Ryan Sekerski was on his way home from work. He responded to a fire call, that would forever change many lives.

The accident happened back on June 2nd along Route 27 near Titusville. Truck driver, Albert Prosser, swerved to miss a stopped vehicle, and lost control.
His tractor-truck rolled, hitting a utility pole then bursting into flames.

Cochranton Volunteer Fire Fighter and Battalion Chief Ryan Sekerski, was leaving his job and he decided to stop by the scene to see if the other departments needed help.

When he arrived, it wasn't clear if the driver was still entrapped, so Sekerski went to the cab and called out.
Surprisingly, he got a response from Prosser, that he was stuck.
Without hesitation, Sekerski jumped into the cab, with the tanker on fire, and freed him.

Monday, Congressman Mike Kelly presented Sekerski with a congressional commendation, and an American Flag.
The flag flew outside of the nation's capitol on June 10th, in honor of Sekerski's heroic actions and service to his community, "That kind of floored me, I didn't expect that," said Sekerksi. "As a fireman this is what we're supposed to do, it's part of the job. And to get recognized for this is really an honor for me and my family," Sekerski added.
"He knew, when he went into that fire, what it was like. Total disregard for his own safety, total disregard, totally unselfish to go in and save that driver," said Rep. Kelly. "I think that's just a tremendous example, not just for Cochranton, but for everybody, about how exceptional we are as Americans. But for Ryan, today's his day and the community's very very proud of him, as are his parents and his family," Rep. Kelly added.

The driver was treated and released from the hospital and is now at home recovering.
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