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Sissonville pipeline explosion survivor treats firefighters to party

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Sue Bonham embraces Eddie Elmore, one of four men who she says saved her life last year. Sue Bonham embraces Eddie Elmore, one of four men who she says saved her life last year.
SISSONVILLE, West Virginia -

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 said.

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.  

One year 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.