WATCH: Hotel Manager Saves Dog From Elevator
PHOTO: Rodeway Inn general manager Ben Duke is seen rescuing a guest's dog on hotel surveillance tape. (Screenshot via YouTube/Ben Duke)
A South Carolina hotel manager is being hailed a hero following a dramatic rescue that was caught on the hotel's surveillance footage.
The video shows Ben Duke, the general manager at the Rodeway Inn in Greenville, South Carolina, spring into action after noticing a leashed dog had wandered off of the elevator with its owner still inside.
"The doors closed, and I guess he didn’t realize that his dog had wandered off," Duke told WAPT.
As he's seen exiting a storage area Duke realizes the situation and grabs hold just in time.
"I just grabbed it, and struggled with it, then I guess adrenaline set in or something, and I snapped the leash right above my hand," added Duke. "The dog was scared, and fought me pretty hard. In fact, he scratched me pretty good on my face. I don’t blame him. It was pretty scary."
Duke said the dog's owner, who is a frequent guest at the hotel, was overcome with emotion following the harrowing rescue. "He was crying and was so grateful," Duke told WAPT. "He just came up and hugged me. It was pretty crazy."
Duke said it wasn't until he told a friend at the hotel about what happened that he realized it may have been caught on tape. He said he was "blown away" by the video.
With the dramatic video racking up nearly 90,000 views on YouTube in the two days since Duke uploaded to his channel, the hero comments are piling up. But Duke doesn't agree.
"Everybody is calling me a hero, but I can’t imagine the other outcome," he told WAPT. "I just did what you are supposed to do in this situation."
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