Two Akron, Ohio, police officers risked their lives to save a man from a house fire just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, reports newsnet5.com.

Officers Chris Crockett and Derrick Jackson arrived on the scene about five minutes before fire crews at 1922 Adelaide Boulevard. A 911 caller had reported that a man was not leaving the house.

Jackson, a rookie officer, was first inside the home and could hear 44-year-old Herbert Friedlein coughing, but couldn't locate him.

However, Jackson couldn't find Friedlein and the smoke continued to billow. Officer Crockett told Jackson to get out of the burning home and grabbed a secret weapon — a gas mask usually reserved for meth investigations.

Crockett put it on, giving him more "breathability," and found Friedlein lying on a first-floor hallway. He was able to drag him out of the burning house to safety.

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