"We've got two little granddaughters and he drives up in through the alley in his pickup and they run to the pickup yelling, Mr. Boone, Mr. Boone!"
Today, his neighbors, Patsy and Floid are calling him a hero.
"He was the first on the scene to see it," said Floid of fire that destroyed his home.
The home, located in the 1700 block of Sam Houston in Sweetwater caught fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Russell's were inside sleeping.
"Floid and i went to bed real early Saturday night," said Patsy.
Patsy and Floid live in the home with their children and grandchildren, they were the only two home that night.
"My son had taken his wife to Abilene for Mother's Day," said Patsy.
Sometime after 1 a.m. Floids truck caught fire.
"It blew up, I guess the gas tank erupted," said Floid.
The Russell's were sound asleep.. and with no smoke detectors to avert them of any danger.
"We would be dead today," said Floid.
The Russell's say one neighbor who lives across the street called and let their phone ring until they answered, at the same time their next door neighbor, Mr. Boone rushed to their home, pounding on the front door until they woke up.
"He was a neighborhood hero," said Floid.
Mr. Boone declined our request for an interview but said he was just there to help out his neighbors.
"Mr. Boone has a history with our family, my aunt fell and broke her hip and was on the concrete," said Patsy. "He was the one who removed the chain link fence to get her out of the backyard."
They say Mr. Boone most definitely is a hero. They now have this advice.. for those who have yet to meet their neighbors:
"Get to know your neighbors," said Floid.
They might just save your life someday.
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