Four Lockport Police Officers Hailed as Heroes for Dramatic Rescue

March 19, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 5:48 AM EDT

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March 19, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 5:48 AM EDT

Two off-duty Lockport police officers say a higher power stepped in as they responded to a house fire in Lockport Monday afternoon .

The two men are training for a half marathon. They happened to jog past Hawley street around 3:30 when they noticed smoke coming from a home on the block.

Just as they sprang into action in only their running gear, two responding Lockport police officers arrived.

All 4 officers pulled Harold Storms, who weighs more than 300 pounds, out of a smoke -filled basement.

"Mr. Storms was a heavy man," said Officer Todd Chenez, Lockport Police Department. "So it needed all of us to get him out of the house and if we weren't all there at the same time, I don't know what would have happened."

When the officers removed Storms from the home, his entire body was blue from lack of oxygen and he was unconscious.

He is currently in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Two of the Lockport officers, as well as Storms' wife, were also treated for smoke-related injuries.

All three have been released.