Unlikely hero saves 79-year-old grandmother minutes before her death

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MIDWEST CITY Okla. - An unlikely hero saved an elderly woman's life after she fell on her porch Monday morning.

"She was almost gone, I mean she had given up at this point." Her granddaughter Heather Scrimshire said.

Francis Ledford went outside for the newspaper just like she does every day, only this time, the ground was covered in ice.

That's when she slipped.

She laid in the same spot in agony for over three hours, yelling for help, until she saw her sanitation worker Nick Heine coming to her rescue.

"She said I looked up and thought 'finally someone is here to help me'." Scrimshire said.

Heine wrapped her in a blanket and his jacket, then he made the call that saved her life.

"She looked like she had been out there for a while, she had blue legs," Heine said.

On top of sitting in the freezing temperatures for hours, 79-year-old Ledford bumped her head.

She says the accident is hazy, but there's one thing she'll never forget.

"The ambulance driver told her that she only had fifteen minutes left before she would have succumbed to the elements."  Scrimshire said.

Heine stopped his garbage collection route in the nick of time.

"EMT and that fire department that came up, they saved her life. I'm just a guy that made a phone call," Heine said.

He's also the only guy who stopped.

"He is a hero and without him we would be celebrating the holiday next week without my grandma." Scrimshire said.

"I guess times changing, people don`t care about anyone other than themselves these days," Heine said. "Oh well, I'm just raised right." Heine said.