UNION GROVE — A Racine County Sheriff’s deputy is being commended by his department for saving a man from a burning Union Grove home Monday.

According to a release from the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, Racine County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Schneider responded to a report of a house fire in the 1200 block of High Street in Union Grove around 4:53 a.m. Monday.

When Schneider arrived, flames were coming from the windows, and a neighbor reported to him that they had not seen anyone exit the house. Schneider found an unlocked sliding door leading to the basement of the residence and opened it to yell into the residence to see if anyone was inside.

While checking another door, a man came out of the sliding door.

Schneider then entered the residence and found another man lying on the floor of the basement, unresponsive and barely breathing. He dragged the man out to safety.

The man regained consciousness at the scene, and was later transported to Aurora Medical Center in Burlington, where he was treated and released.

The homeowner’s wife was later located at another residence. The house was a total loss, and the Racine County Arson Task Force is investigating the cause of the fire.

“This act of courage and bravery is just another proud example of how our deputies put their lives on the line each and every day, all in the spirit of public safety,” Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said in a released statement. “I couldn’t be more proud of deputy Schneider.”

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