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Richfield honors family for saving elderly couple from house fire

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RICHFIELD, Minn. (KMSP) -

When it comes to saving lives, it seems that heroism runs in the family for a Richfield father and his two sons who ran into a burning building to save an elderly couple who hadn't yet noticed the flames.

The trio was spending some quality time with family a few weeks ago whenDave Schrick and his sons found the apple doesn't fall far from this family tree.

"I feel like we were supposed to be where we were at," Ruth Schrick told FOX 9 News.

Several times a week, Brad and Sam Schrick join their father for a visit at their grandmother's home in Richfield.

"Weird how we were out there that one day," Sam Schrick recalled. "We're usually inside."

Early last month, all four of them were in Ruth Schrick's back yard when they saw smoke coming from a house on the other side of the block and sprung into action. Brad and Sam Schrick hopped the fence and ran to the house to find an elderly neighbor watching TV with no idea that his home was on fire.

"While we were getting him out of there, he said, 'Oh no! I forgot something! My wife!,'" Brad Schrick told FOX 9 News. "We were like, 'Oh no, that's kind of important.'"

So, while Sam Schrick moved the man and his walker away from the burning home, Brad went back inside with his dad to rescue the neighbor's wife, who was asleep in a back bedroom. Since she is frail, they had to use a wheelchair to get her to safety while the smoke and flames closed in on them.

"It was sad, seeing the house get burned and them watching it," Sam Schrick said. "Not much you can say."

Except the Richfield City Council had plenty to say at a ceremony honoring both boys and their father for risking their lives to save someone else's.

"I've got two great boys," Dave Schrick told FOX 9 News. "I've never been so proud of my two boys as I was that day for what have done."

So as the saying goes, like father like sons -- so much so that the family that saves together, also works together as employees of the City of Richfield's Department of Public Works.

"Its another day helping out other citizens," said Brad Schrick. "I feel good about it. It was pretty cool."

None of the Schrick men say they are interested in becoming a full-on firefighter. They say running into one burning building was enough.

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