Odessa woman awarded for bravery under pressure

- Odessa’s Ryan Wendt was given a citizen award Wednesday for her bravery and selflessness during an intense situation.

Back in September, Wendt happened to be nearby when a small helicopter crashed onto the roof of a home. 

She sprang into action, climbed up to the pilot and rendered aid until first responders arrived.

During a ceremony to honor Wendt and others like her, she was presented with an award by the newly-minted Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.

”I was in the right place at the right time and I was happy that I had the skill set to be able to provide aid at that time,” Wendt told FOX 13.

Wendt admits she is no fan of heights but at the time, fear of climbing onto the roof was not an option.

“I knew someone was in trouble and I needed to be there to assist,” she said.

“To our citizens, that’s what makes Hillsborough County so special. The fact that we have citizens that are so engaged and so involved,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

The pilot survived the crash; a fact not lost on Wendt. She says she would absolutely do it all again.

“There are so many things that run thru your head afterward. But I would’ve done it again in a heartbeat for anyone that needs help," she said.

During Wednesday's ceremony, nine deputies who helped clear a burning apartment building were also honored.

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