Michael Gregorek is being called a hero today after a video of the Colorado deputy saving a dog from a burning vehicle went viral.

Posted from his POV bodycam footage, the video shows Officer Gregorek arriving at the scene of a “vehicle fire” and quickly bursting into action to save the dog. It is unknown why the car burst into flames, but the pet’s owner was relieved that the Colorado deputy arrived after unsuccessfully trying to save his pet himself.

“My thought at that point was ‘he’s coming out with me regardless of whatever else might be happening,'” Michael Gregorek told reporters outside the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 22.

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The Colorado deputy said he was confused when he arrived on the scene because all he saw was the car fire and a person appearing to be yelling and throwing objects to break the glass.

Initially thinking that the man was the perpetrator, Michael Gregorek told reporters that he assumed he was throwing Molotov cocktails at the car to set it on fire.

According to KKTV 11 News, the deputy arrived at the scene of a vehicle fire just a month prior that involved Molotov cocktails, so he thought this could have been a similar incident.

Getting closer to the smoking Ford SUV, he heard the man scream “my dog’s in the car!” and the officer immediately switched gears and went into rescue mode.

Hank the Colorado dog was in high spirits and ready to play after hero Deputy Michael Gregorek rescued him from the burning vehicle
Hank the Colorado dog was in high spirits and ready to play after hero Deputy Michael Gregorek rescued him from the burning vehicle. Photo Credit: Facebook

“It flipped [the] switch from ‘it’s obviously not a crime’ to ‘now we have a life,'” the Colorado deputy said of the heroic rescue. He shattered the car’s back window with his police-issued baton and quickly removed the dog, named Hank, out to safety.

“Hank comes to the back window, he’s salivating, you can tell that he’s in distress,” Officer Gregorek told reporters. “[The] owner was trying to pull him out… That’s his baby.”

Michael Gregorek revealed that he was also a “proud dog parent,” and understood the kind of duress that the owner must have been through as well.

“I just went in there and grabbed on and his body had already started to tense up, so I knew he was really in a bad way,” he recalled. Despite the potential danger of the fire and smoke, he stated that “nothing else really mattered at that point other than getting Hank out of the car.”

A neighbor nearby informed officers that she was a veterinarian and checked out Hank after the incident. Running around in the snow and looking to play after the rescue, the vet confirmed that Hank was fine.

“By the time she’d arrived, the dog was sprinting around the backyard ready to play,” Michael Gregorek joked. “I went over and gave him a good pet and he’s good.”

Viewers on social media praised Gregorek for his heroic rescue, adding that they were proud of him for treating the animal as a valued life just like a human being.

“I would’ve done the same thing whether it be baby, human, dog, cat,” Gregorek told his supporters. “A life is a life. You kind of treat it as such in a situation like that.”

In Lake Michigan on Tuesday, another dog was rescued after he fell into the frozen water, slipped, and landed on an ice drift some 500 feet from the shore. The Chicago Fire Department quickly arrived to help the stranded pup–a 7-year-old Alaskan Klee Kai named Pepper.

Pepper “looked like a blooming fur ball when we got him out of the water and unwrapped him,” Fire Deputy District Chief Jason Lach said after returning the dog to its distressed owner. “It looked like more fur than dog.”