Woman trapped after West explosion gets a chance to thank her rescuers

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:36 PM

WACO, Texas -- Misty Lambert lights up as she plays with her four-year-old son, Nikoda.

They are life's little rewards, and they are moments Lambert will never take for granted.

"We are going to live every day like it's our last, and love every day like it's our last," she said. 

She's embracing the scars covering her face, chest, and arms. They are reminders of courage, strength, and second chances.

"It's a new beginning," Lambert said, as she looked at her scars. "Life. Starting over. God believed in me enough to give me a second chance at life."

Seven weeks ago, she nearly lost her life in the West Fertilizer Company explosion.

The blast destroyed her apartment. Misty was inside, trapped in the rubble. An hour later, and minutes from giving up, her rescuers arrived.

"They rewarded me with my second chance at life," said the mother of five. "They gave me hope, and I didn't have any."

In a restaurant in Waco, Misty showed off the plaques she got for her heroes.

For the first time, she met the men who pulled her out of the debris, volunteer firefighter Billy Brown and fire chief Scott Garner, both from the Leroy-Axtell Fire Department. Brown works for L3 Communications in Waco, and Garner is also a professional firefighter for the Waco Fire Department.

"It's very rewarding to know that someone I don't know is given a second chance by something we've done as volunteers," Brown said.

It's the first time these firefighters meet someone they saved. 

"This one is going to be at the top," Chief Garner said. "'Cause in 16 years, I have never done anything like it. I never have seen the destruction I saw in West, never had patients like I did in West, and I have never had one, like Misty, that survived."

Lambert is eternally grateful. The firefighters gave her so much, and another chance to take in life's little rewards. 

"They will always be in my heart," she said. "They are a part of me."

Lambert is now living in a town near West. She is healing, day by day. She is struggling to move her right arm, but she is optimistic about her recovery, and moving back to West.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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