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Child rescued from burning home in Tampa

Two Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies helped save the life of a 9-year-old boy after the child became trapped inside of a burning home.

The incident occurred around 10:43 p.m. at a home on 9937 Joe Ebert Road in Seffner.

When deputies Kevin Reich and Alexander Maldonado responded to the scene Thursday, they immediately sprang into action after neighbors told them that a child was inside the home.

Officials located the child on the floor near a window.

The deputies broke the window and used flashlights to guide the child closer to the opening.

Once the child was close enough, the deputies pulled the child through the opening.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials worked on the child at the scene and then transported him to an area hospital.

The child was listed in severe condition due to burns and smoke inhalation and remained at the hospital.

His mother and the homeowner were also taken to the hospital for medical care.

“I could not be more proud of the quick actions and bravery these deputies displayed, never giving up until they were able to pull the child to safety,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “It is because of their heroism that this young boy made it out alive. Law enforcement officers are often the first to respond to any emergency scene, so we must always be ready to jump in and help. These deputies never hesitated. They are true examples of what it means to be a hero.”