Cook County Sheriff’s officers honored for pulling man from burning car

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CHICAGO — A couple of heroes at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office got some much-deserved recognition Wednesday, and the families of fallen officers will reap the benefits.

Officers William Hoefler and Victor Yatsyk were first on the scene of a crash along I-80 last month.

The driver swerved to miss a coyote and wound up in the woods, unconscious in a burning car.

That’s when the officers sprung into action, getting the man out in a matter of seconds.

At least one business took note of their bravery, and Wednesday, the Great Clips salon chain presented the officers with a $2,000 check. The money will go to an organization that helps the families of cops killed in the line of duty.

The driver told WGN his car was completely engulfed in flames 10 seconds after the officers pulled him out. The duo has already been recognized for their bravery by cook county sheriff tom dart.



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