Austin Gunnels, a Hometown Hero

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mary Gunnels and her grandson Austin are inseparable.

"We made these one day," Mary said, holding up a sun catcher at her house in Brownfield.

Their unbreakable bond was formed five years ago when Mary says Austin saved her life in a horrific house fire.

"I smelled something funny. Then I checked behind the couch - the electrical was on fire," said Austin, 9.

It was February 12, 2008 and Mary was living in Hagerman, New Mexico.

"He said, 'Mimi, that noise was your front window breaking, your house is on fire.' Sure enough, my front wall was on fire all the way up to the attic and I was terrified," Mary said.

Mary says even though Austin was only 3 years old at the time, if it was not for him, she does not think she would have made it.

"I don't think I would have gotten out of the house if Austin hadn't of found the fire. If he hadn't of been there, I don't think I would be here today," she said.

Today, their bond could not be stronger and Mary will forever be grateful to the hero who saved her life.

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