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Deputies honored for rescuing people, pets from Los Osos house fire

Sheriff Deputy John Pozdolski, foreground, and Senior Chief Deputy William Miller are congratulated by the Board of Supervisors after they were honored for rescuing two persons from a burning building in Los Osos.
Sheriff Deputy John Pozdolski, foreground, and Senior Chief Deputy William Miller are congratulated by the Board of Supervisors after they were honored for rescuing two persons from a burning building in Los Osos. The Tribune

A pair of San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department deputies who risked their lives saving people and pets in Los Osos shortly after Christmas received numerous honors Tuesday from county leaders.

Senior Chief Deputy William Miller and Deputy John Pozdolski crawled into a flaming house on the 1900 block of 10th Street on Dec. 27 and pulled out an unconscious man.

Then they went back in with a woman who lived in the house and helped rescue her two birds and a cat. Finally, they rescued another person from an adjacent house.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors praised the men for their “heroic actions.”

The county’s acting fire chief and four officials also weighed in.

Acting Fire Chief Rob Lewin pinned both Miller and Pozdolski with medals of valor.

“They have sworn to protect life, and they did,” Lewin said.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson, in his first appearance before the supervisors since he was sworn in last week, gave his deputies a safety award and praised them for exemplifying the kind of behavior the public wants to see in its safety officers.

Finally, Marshall Ochylski of the Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors thanked the deputies on behalf of the citizens of his town.

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