A Ralls County Deputy is being recognized for his actions during a March house fire in the county.

A Ralls County Deputy is being recognized for his actions during a March house fire in the county.

Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie recognized deputy Connor Whicker with a formal letter of commendation. On March 24, Whicker was one of several people who responded to a residential fire involving a modular home. Whicker observed the fire spread to nearby homes, one of which contained two residents inside.

Whicker notified his supervisor of a paralyzed male in the home. As the fire spread toward the home, igniting nearby power lines, Whicker stayed with the paralyzed man inside his home until further assistance could arrive.

According to Dinwiddie, Whicker never left the man's side during the dangerous situation.

“You placed yourself in immediate risk of serious physical injury or death and remained calm and collected until a solution was constructed and put into action,” Dinwiddie said in his letter. “For your selfless action you are being formally recognized by the Ralls County Sheriffs Office for going above and beyond the call of duty and given this letter of recognition.”