It happened early November. An iron worker with a construction company doing renovations for the Federal Aviation Administration was lifting a steel beam when one of the legs broke, bringing the lift and beam crashing down.

“Before I knew it I was laying on the ground. I was in so much pain, but I was more scared for him,” the worker said.“ His boss was pinned. The iron worker went straight to the fork lift and jumped into action.

“Drove it over there to where he was and lifted it off of him because he couldn’t breathe,” he said.

It was about 2,400 pounds.

The workers called 911. Help was on the way. It was only then did the worker realize he was in worse shape than his boss.

“I had a bone sticking out of my arm,” he said.

The employee did it all with a broken arm, but says all he could think about was making sure his boss was safe.

“It was a pretty crazy day,” he said.

“We thank you for exemplifying the true definition of a hero,” a County official told the iron worker.

He says he believes he did what anyone else would do in the same situation.

The injured ironworker says he was later fired from the company. He says his supervisors required him to come back before doctors had released him for work.