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Hero officer saves man from burning home

CREATED Feb 19, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 19, 2014

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ELM GROVE - On a quiet, suburban street, red emergency lights lit the night sky Tuesday.

A home on Brojan Drive was engulfed in flames.

Thankfully, police officer Preston Nobile arrived just in time.

Nobile, an 8-year member of the Elm Grove Police Department, heard a woman screaming outside the home.

"The woman was saying, 'He’s still inside. He's still inside!' So I got out of my car and asked where the person was and she said, 'where the flames were," described Nobile.

Nobile walked toward the danger, feeling his way through the smoke-filled home, breathing toxic fumes the entire time.

Once inside the home’s garage, Nobile located an elderly man and pulled him to safety.

"I ended up picking him up, and then I carried him out of the garage," he explained.

That's when the adrenaline wore off.

Nobile, suffering from smoke inhalation, was rushed to the hospital. He’s now home and cleared for duty.

"I've gotten a lot of calls and text messages from people today saying, 'Great job. You're a hero,' Nobile said.

“I don't look at it that way. Things could have ended a lot worse, and this time, they didn't."