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Woman Recognizes Neighbors Who Saved Her Life

Many of us tend to see our neighbors in passing, but one Tri-State woman feels she has the best neighbors, and she might be right.

Posted: Jul 24, 2021 8:22 PM

Many of us tend to see our neighbors in passing, but one Tri-State woman feels she has the best neighbors, and she might be right.

"Well of course they're my heroes because they saved my life."

It was a Sunday afternoon just weeks ago.

86-year-old Helen Dye of Evansville was going about her evening as usual.

"I had some annual flowers to plant, and I went out on my patio to plant the flowers," says Dye.

But as she was potting the last flower, her afternoon suddenly took a turn.

"I stood up and that's when I fell on the concrete," says Dye.

Helen laying by herself for what she says felt like over an hour.

"I realized I could not get up to the step by the patio door to come back into the house," says Dye. "So then I started yelling for help."

But there was help on the way.

"We, my wife had heard just something unusual that sparked our interest," says Derrick Woolbright, neighbor. "We turned off the radio and got quiet."

Amanda and Derrick Woolbright live a few units down from Helen. The couple knowing her for several years.

They just so happened to be in their backyard, when they heard the plea for help.

"We found her on the ground," says Woolbright. "That's when I told Amanda to immediately call 911."

Helen ended up breaking her hip and the day after she fell, she had total hip replacement surgery.

She's been recovering ever since.

"What if I had laid there all night," says Dye. "I don't think I would've made it. I live alone so, my immediate neighbors didn't hear me, it's summertime, air conditioning, people not outside."

But now, Helen wants her neighbors, Amanda and Derrick, recognized for stepping up in her time of need.

A pair of angels, as Helen puts, who helped give her a second chance.

"She didn't want to hear it, but I said to her, you're my hometown hero," says Dye.

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