COLFAX, Ill. — Two boys who rescued an elderly Illinois woman stranded in the snow are being hailed as heroes.
Mary Iler said she was outside Friday morning preparing for the latest winter storm when she fell.
“I was a human snowball. The storms were going full blast,” Iler said.
After being stuck in the snow for more than 30 minutes, she heard two boys return from a half-day at school.
Austin Chase and his brother, Payton, heard a woman cry out but when they waded through deep drifts of snow and knocked on their neighbor’s door, they heard nothing.
The boys thought they were hearing things and started home when they saw Iler face down and partially covered by the blowing snow.
The boys called their mother and brought the elderly woman inside to warm up, while they waited for an ambulance.
Iler was taken to the hospital with frostbitten fingers and a blood-clotted leg that required surgery.
She is now on the road to recovery.
“I just don’t know how we’ll ever thank them,” Becky Godbey, Iler’s daughter, said. “They saved her life … I think she had a guardian angel, I really do.”
However, the brothers do not consider themselves heroes.
“We just helped someone who needed it.”
Source: WMBD and CNN