Hometown Hero: Lee McMichael

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A neighbor can be so much more than just someone that lives in your neighborhood. And that's exactly what one Bowling Green woman proved through a courageous act., making her this weeks Hometown Hero.

"This is where I was sleeping, when the lady woke me up," says Dorris Elmore as she stands in her bedroom.

Dorris Elmore owes her life to Lee McMichael who was on her way to her morning workout and noticed something wasn't right.

"It was the morning it was really cold, and I was going up the street it looked like it was really thick fog and I thought it was apart of the weather. I drove through it, and I don't know, something just made me think it wasn't right. So I backed the car up and looked at it again. I rolled the window down and could smell that it was smoke," said McMichael.

Dorris's house was on fire.

"I got out of the car and walked to the back of the house and could see flames coming from the vent in the roof. At that point I called 911 and ran to the front of the house and banged on the door to try to wake up anybody that was there," said McMichael.

Dorris was fast asleep until lee woke her up.

"Well it scared me at that time of the morning, but when I got to the front door I could hear her saying your house is on fire," said Elmore.

Lee took Dorris to her car so she could warm up and call her family while fire crews arrived. Lee says she's just thankful she was on time that morning.

"If I had left 5 minutes earlier there probably wouldn't have been anything for me to see, to catch my eye and for me to go back. And if I had been 5 minutes later, just giving how much it grew in the time I was standing there, and how bad the smoke was I don't know what would have happened," said McMichael.

Dorris says she wants Lee to know she's thankful.

"I thank her for saving my life. I really didn't know the lady, and not many people would have done what she done," said Elmore.

For saving a neighbors life, we honor Lee McMichael as this weeks Hometown Hero.

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