SEBASTIAN, Fla. - Right now a hotel room at Captain Hiram's Inn in Sebastian is home for Sherry Weinstein. She's living there with her two dogs and three cats.
"I love them," says Weinstein, "They're my children."
It was the first thing she thought of when her kitchen caught fire last Thursday.
"I was trying to put the flames out but I couldn't," says Weinstein.
After the fire broke out at her Vero Beach home she grabbed her pets and put them in her car. She did a head count and realized one cat was missing and that's why she went back into the house.
"There's smoke everywhere," says Weinstein.
She assumed it would be quick because she knew where the cat was.
"I thought she ran into the bedroom under my bed," says Weinstein.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says when deputy Rob Ryan arrived he ran inside the house and found Weinstein on the floor face down. She was barely conscious.
"The police officer yelling my name: 'Sherry, come on we got to get out of here,' " recalls Weinstein.
Deputy Ryan carried her out of the house to an ambulance.
Weinstein believes he saved her life. She says Deputy Ryan is a hero.
"I wanna really thank him," says Weinstein, " Let him know how deeply grateful I am for him."
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says this is the third time deputy Ryan has been credited with saving a life.