Tahlequah Fire Department representatives on Monday honored a Cherokee County sheriff’s deputy who they say took extra steps to combat a fire.

Fire Chief Ray Hammons said Deputy Bob Lewandowski responded to a structure fire at Garden Walk Apartments on March 26.

“A fire started in a kitchen,” said Hammons. “Bob Lewandowski arrived on scene, and immediately approached the structure fire, and made sure that all occupants were out of harm’s way. Though life safety is a primary objective, he didn’t stop there.”

Lewandowski grabbed a fire extinguisher and went into the structure at his own risk, Hammons said.

“He attempted to put out or slow down the fire until the fire department arrived, an effort which was quite successful,” said Hammons. “Because of his quick thinking and selfless actions, smoke and water damage to the house were greatly reduced.”

Fire captains noticed Lewandowski’s actions that saved lives and property, and recommended the department give the deputy a commendation of bravery.

Hammons and other TFD fire fighters presented Lewandowski with the certificate Monday morning during a meeting of the Cherokee County commissioners.

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