Fresno man in fire rescue honored on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

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A Central California man was honored by a Dodgers legend on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for rescuing a man from a burning building.

A Central California man was honored by a Dodgers legend on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for rescuing a man from a burning building.

Tom Artiaga saved another man's life last weekend. The married father of three rushed into a burning home near Fresno, and carried out another man on his shoulders.

The amazing rescue was caught on camera. In the video, Artiaga was seen wearing a Dodgers hat.

RAW VIDEO: Dad rescued from burning home in Fresno

Kimmel wanted to recognize him for his brave actions. The comedian gave Artiaga some gifts - tickets to Disneyland, a Dodgers jersey, and then surprised him with a guest appearance by Dodgers great, Tommy Lasorda.

Lasorda walked onto the stage and read a proclamation:

"Thomas has exemplified a selfless heroism to help his fellow man. It is a pleasure to proclaim that Thomas and his family will be our guests at a Dodgers game next season and Thomas will throw out the first pitch. From everyone in the Dodger organization, thank you, Thomas. You are a true blue hero and you have a great first name."

To top it off, Artiaga also received a personalized bumper sticker that read, "Ask me about the stranger I heroically pulled out of a burning house."

As the audience cheered, Artiaga got emotional and got tears in his eyes. After heroism made the man in the Dodgers cap a viral star, the spotlight finally found him, too.

ABC News contributed to this report.


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