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Firefighter puts out kitchen fire, finishes dinner for kids

Capt. Ryan Delk finished frying the pork chops, put the meal out for the kids and even cleaned up the kitchen


By FireRescue1 Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A firefighter who responded to a grease fire was recognized recently for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Post and Courier reported Latoya Riley was making pork chops for her two sons when the grease caught fire. She called 911 and Capt. Ryan Delk showed up to diffuse the situation.

"We got there, made sure everything was out, and tried to clear as much smoke as we could," Delk said.

While Riley was taken to the hospital for burns,  Delk noticed pork chops in the oven. He moved them to the stove, finished cooking them, and put them on the table for the children. He even cleaned up after they were finished.

"She had two small children, so I didn't want them to have to wait until 10 or 11 o'clock to eat supper," he said.

Charleston’s Customer Service Initiative Committee awarded Delk with a quarterly customer service award.

Riley was unaware of Delk’s kind act until the Post and Courier  called her about it.

"I did notice there was something missing when I got back, but I didn’t really know what happened," she said. "You can tell him I said, 'Thank you.'"

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