Sissonville pipeline explosion survivor treats firefighters to party
Sue Bonham embraces Eddie Elmore, one of four men who she says saved her life last year.
Sue Bonham didn't waste
any time hugging four firefighters from the Sissonville Volunteer Department
Monday night. Nearly one year ago, she said the
four men saved her life. "It will
be a year on Wednesday at 12:41," Bonham
On the day the
Sissonville pipeline exploded, Bonham was home. She lived directly across from the explosion
site. She had to hover in the back
corner of her yard to escape the intense heat until she saw Scott Holmes, Eddie
Elmore, Drew Foutty, and Chuck Carney.
She said, "They saved my life that day. They are volunteers. They knew it was a war zone."
Drew Foutty said, "Looking
back a year later, I don't think there's anything any of us would have done
differently." Bonham said there isn't a better way to say thank you, than to have a little get-together. So that's just what they did Monday evening. "Thank you is not enough," she said. "I just
want to do this as a token of my appreciation," Bonham said.
"She's very lucky,"
said Foutty. "We're very lucky that she
was the only one home that we had to worry about that day." It was a reunion, of sorts. One that is very different from anything many
of us will ever experience.
later, Bonham said she calls it a celebration of life. "Everyday is a gift for us and we have
to put our best foot forward every day," she said.
Bonham is working on a
book about her experience.
350 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Main (304) 343-1313
Fax (304) 343-6138