SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Most in Sissonville will likely never forget Dec. 11, 2012.
That's when a gas line explosion sent flames shooting 100 feet into the sky. Parts of Interstate 77 were scorched. Desperate calls for help came flooding into the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department.
“The way reports were coming in, we weren't sure what we had so we just prepared ourselves for the worst,” said Scott Holmes with the SVFD.
Four homes were destroyed in that explosion. Several others were destroyed. Sue Bonham was one of those who lost her home in that explosion.
“I didn't know if a plane was crashing or if there was an earthquake,” said Bonham shortly after the explosion. “I felt like my house was going to explode at any minute.”
But Bonham wasn’t just scared for her home; she was scared for her life.
“I had waited and waited and I had just given up hope and I knew if they knew I was there, they would have been there,” she said.
Bonham’s luck changed when four firefighters (Scott Holmes, Charles Carney, Eddie Elmore and Drew Foutty) from the SVD arrived. The men appeared and safely rescued Bonham from the fire while she was trapped in her flower garden.
An event Feb. 18 honored the four men for their service to neighbors like Bonham during the explosion.
“It was just like they had a little halo around their helmet when they came in,” Bonham said.
But those men with the halos above their heads said they’re no angels -- they merely did what they had to.
“I did my job that's really all I can say about it,” Holmes said.
“No I wouldn't call myself a hero,” Carney said.
“Everyone here on this department or any other department would have done the exact same thing,” Elmore said.
While the calls may change for the fire department, the men say their brotherhood never will.
“We're right up there and just about consider each other family,” Foutty said.
For their service that day to Bonham and so many others, WSAZ recognizes Scott Holmes, Charles Carney, Eddie Elmore and Drew Foutty as Hometown Heroes.