Good Samaritan: Gus Hertz to be honored after making two rescues in two days

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - A man who made two rescues in two days is being honored by the St. Petersburg Fire Department for his lifesaving actions.

Gus Hertz was fishing near the Gulf last week when a man suffered a diabetic episode and drove his vehicle into the water. Hertz and another fisherman pulled the man from the car.

Photo Gallery: Car in water

A day later, Hertz was called to action again. A small plane with two people on board crashed into the water near his boat. Hertz dragged the pilot and passenger onto his boat and headed to shore.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of ultralight in the water

Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue says the city's mayor and fire chief will honor Hertz during a ceremony Thursday. Also honored will be Kevin Daly, the other fisherman who helped with the car-into-water rescue.

Hertz is from Virginia and is spending the summer in the Tampa Bay area.

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