Abilene, TX -- Two civilians were honored on May 21, 2014 for saving a woman’s life.
Carroll "Rocky" Watson and Stacey Karnes saw the smoke first coming from the apartment. When they heard the glass break, they knew someone was inside.
"Well, we needed to do something, like I said, I just did it. It was instinct really, I mean, we have to go get her or something is going to happen," said Stacey Karnes.
The two were able to save the woman from her second story apartment that was on fire by building a human ladder.
"That’s all we had around was people, so we had to do something. We couldn't leave her hanging out the window half way."
They received The Civilian Award today from the Abilene Fire Department for their heroic efforts and Fire Chief Ken Dozier said it's a pretty selective award that doesn't come around often.
"We just want to take the opportunity to not only recognize these two, but express our appreciation for people that truly care for other people, and it's obvious there's two today that did that and it's a privilege to honor them."
Chief Dozier said he doesn't want to promote these risks, but that's the beauty of Abilene helping each other.
There was a third individual that also saved the woman that AFD is trying to find. Chief Dozier said if you know anything, call so they can give that person the award they deserve.