BLUFTON, S.C. — Mike Auge, an eight-year employee of Terminix Service Inc., Bluffton, S.C., is not only an exceptional pest control specialist but also a hero for his actions on July 13. At around 10:30 a.m., Auge was driving in Sun City, a local retirement community, when he noticed a woman driving a golf cart with her dog in tow, starting to slowly slump over the steering wheel. Auge realized that there was a problem when the woman began to veer off into the bushes and began heading down the side of the bank towards a lagoon.
Auge, having been a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT), used these skills to take action. He pulled over, jumped out and rushed to the woman’s aid as her golf cart plunged into the lagoon. Auge jumped in behind her (not minding the alligator that inhabits the area) and swam to save the woman’s life as she floated facedown and motionless in the murky water. Struggling to keep the woman’s head above water, he pulled her to safety. Due to the steepness of the bank he was unable to lift the woman out of the water without the assistance of three bystanders. After returning safely to land, Auge then noticed the woman’s dog struggling to tread water. He jumped back into the water and brought the animal to safety, as well.
Auge and the other bystanders stayed with the woman until she regained consciousness and local emergency personnel arrived. He then returned to his normal, everyday duties.
Word quickly spread throughout the Sun City community about the rescue made by a daring Terminix technician. The next day, Auge received a phone call from the son of the woman whose life he saved. He learned that the woman had suffered a massive heart attack but was expected to make a full recovery after surgery.