It's a story of survival in South Dade County.
The powerful storms forced a large tree to fall on top of a home, barely missing the woman inside. Now, that woman is thanking a volunteer firefighter for helping her out of the house.
Susie Belvins is still shaken up. She was home alone Thursday night when the powerful storms forced the massive tree on top of her home.
"I said he's not through with me or he would have taken me on," says Blevins.
Blevins was asleep when the tree came down, trapping her inside of her bedroom. She's forever grateful for her next door neighbor who called for help.
"I called 911 and they were here within minutes," says neighbor Kenneth Blevins
She's also thanking South Dade volunteer firefighter James Canterbury who took the hinge out to open her bedroom door.
Canterbury wasn't able to get inside by just going through the front door.
"I walked around and found an air conditioning unit in the window that I took out and went in through the window and made entry that way," says Canterbury.
Blevins calls the 3-year volunteer firefighter her hero, not only for helping her out of her home, but for his compassion.
"That young man, the first thing he did when it was open was he asked me was I alright? And I said I'm fine I'm just shook up and he said I'm just glad you're okay," says Susie Blevins.
Fire Chief Roger Woodyard is grateful Blevins is alive and was able to walk out of her home.
"It is a sense of accomplishment for us in being able to help our neighbors and our friends and that's one of our missions to try to help the people in our community," says Chief Woodyard.
As for Blevins, she's glad things weren't worse.
"Thank the Lord it didn't even touch my little old car," says Blevins.
Blevins will now be staying with family until her home is repaired. No word now on how much damage was done to Blevin's home.
By Jerry Askin