Sheriff deputies honored for risking lives in taxi rescue 

Three sheriff’s deputies were honored by the Fire Department Thursday. Zaldy Ralleta, Robert Rood and Christopher Sheriff — yes, that’s his last name — all risked their lives to help a couple from a blazing taxicab.

On June 14, a taxicab carrying an Ohio couple from SFO to their hotel crashed into a concrete overpass pillar after the brakes caught on fire.

Sheriff’s deputies followed the vehicle and, “without regard for their own safety, quickly came to the aid of the taxi driver and the two passengers in the burning vehicle. Because of these quick actions, the victims were expeditiously removed from the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames.”

The three Deputies suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the rescue. Despite the efforts, the couple died.

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