Two Aiken County deputies helped lead a family out of their home that was on fire on Thursday.

Deputies Kenneth Lively and Nicholas Lott responded to the scene of the fire and entered the home after realizing that there were still people inside the home, according to a press release.

The blaze occurred at a home on the 2300 block of Piper Road in Aiken at about 4 a.m. Friday. Lively and Lott got to the home prior to the fire department where they heard individuals inside the home calling for a family pet and coughing. The home was full of heavy black smoke as Lively and Lott entered the burning structure where they found both homeowners on the second floor.

The deputies were able to safely lead the occupants out of the house before they succumbed to the smoke. The homeowners were treated for smoke inhalation, the release read.

“Throughout my career in Public Safety, I have seen law enforcements officers, like Lively and Lott, continue to set an example of service to citizens by risking their lives to help save others,” stated Sheriff Michael Hunt in a press release. “I commend these officers for their service to the citizens of Aiken County.”

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