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Southern Indiana sheriff's deputy honored for saving baby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A burning car, a baby trapped inside, and a man who risked his life to save her.

Today the young deputy who didn't think twice about stepping in to help received a first-time honor and was reunited with the child he rescued.

Five-month-old Elizabeth Garrison was beaming Wednesday morning. It was a smile that was nearly extinguished after a crash left her trapped in a car that was going up in flames. Her father was at the wheel, but she was a passenger in what's believed to be a high-speed crash Sunday in Orange County Indiana.

Twenty-three-year-old Deputy Dustin Rosenbaum rushed to the scene.

"I knew immediately I had to get her out of the vehicle," Rosenbaum said. "I knew vehicle fires can spread quickly."

The flames inched closer as Rosenbaum struggled to break into the car.

"At that point I was looking for anything I could find to break the window because we were unable to open the doors," he said. "There was a large rock I used to open the window."

"It really surprised me how hard that window was to break and for some reason I struck the window -- probably six or seven times -- with everything I had," he added.

"By this time, the fire had broken through the windshield and was coming into the cab of the car."

Rosenbaum reached the infant's car seat and pulled her to safety just in time -- a hero by most standards, just another day on the job to him.

"I was kind of in shock at the moment, but to me it's not as big of a deal as some are making it out to be, but I was just glad I was there when I was there," he said.

Orange County Sheriff Josh Babcock agrees.

"I don't think, being a young officer, he understands the gravity of what he did," Babcock said. "Putting his life aside for another human life is the only thing policeman can ask for and he did it."

Rosenbaum was honored for his bravery today, with a first-of-its-kind award for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

"I'm grateful they're willing to do that for me, but I also believe all these officers we work with every day act and do heroic things every day," Rosenbaum said.

A father himself, this humble deputy who saved another young life was reunited with the child who gets a chance to grow up, thanks to his bravery.  

"I'm just glad she's still here," he said.

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