Saturday night, Sgt. Nathan Ernst was on duty with the Holly Springs Police Department. Around 8:30 p.m., he got a call of a man unresponsive in an abandoned home. He discovered the man had overdosed on heroin and immediately administered the drug Narcan. The man quickly woke up and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Sgt. Ernst got back in his and continued his shift. Just a few hours later, he responded to another call of a home on fire.
"I called 911. I heard my mother screaming," says Ronnie Callahan, whose mother and sister were inside their home nearby. His sister Shirley Pruitt is bedridden and has cerebral palsy.
Sgt. Ernst and Sgt. Derrick Voss of the Cherokee County Sheriff's office arrived first, and carried Ms. Pruitt out of the burning home.
"They're both heroes. Without them, I wouldn't have a family today," Callahan says.
Holly Springs Police officials say they will honor Sgt. Ernst in a ceremony for his double life-saving efforts Saturday night.
"When we become a police officer, our job is to help anybody in any situation," Sgt. Ernst says. "This is what we do. This is what we love to do."