Gus Hertz, who made 2 rescues in 2 days to be honored by St. Pete Fire Department

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A man who made two rescues in two days is being honored by the St. Petersburg Fire Department for his lifesaving actions -- but he's modest about his good deeds.

Gus Hertz was fishing near the Gulf last week when a man suffered a diabetic episode and drove his vehicle into the water. Hertz and another fisherman pulled the man from the car.

A day later, Hertz was called to action again. A small plane with two people on board crashed into the water near his boat. Hertz dragged the pilot and passenger onto his boat and headed to shore.

"It was nothing special," said Hertz. "I was in the right place at the right time. I really do believe that I did what anybody else would have done."

Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue says the city's mayor and fire chief will honor Hertz during a ceremony Thursday.

"To have two rescues in two days, it's pretty incredible," said Granata.

Hertz is surprised at all the media attention. On Tuesday, he appeared on Good Morning America. He has gotten calls and emails from around the world.

"It's pretty darn cool," he said.

Hertz is from Virginia and is spending the summer in the Tampa Bay area.

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