September 30, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A man who made two rescues in two days is being honored by the St. Petersburg Fire Department for his lifesaving actions.
Gus Hertz was fishing near the Gulf of Mexico last week when a man suffered a diabetic episode and drove his vehicle into the water. Hertz and another fisherman pulled the man from the car.
A day later, Hertz was called to action again. A small plane with two people on board crashed into the water near his boat. Hertz dragged the pilot and passenger onto his boat and headed to shore.
Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue says the city's mayor and fire chief will honor Hertz during a ceremony Thursday.
Hertz is from Virginia and is spending the summer in the Tampa Bay area.