SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Several Columbia Gas Company workers owe their lives to veteran co-worker Brent Alexander. He got them out of harms way just before the gas explosion in downtown Springfield last fall.
Brett Alexander is a Pioneer Valley Red Cross Hometown Hero . 22News shows how Brent used 40 years of on the job experience into one life saving decision.
According to Justin Carr, a Columbia Gas Company employee, "Brent was the first to recognize, ‘okay we've done everything and now let's just protect ourselves.'"
Brent Alexander and his men were standing just thirty feet away from where, in less than five minutes, the gas explosion would level the building on Worthington Street.
Brent Alexander told 22News, "It got to where I was thinking, ‘it was there were things were very dangerous.' When I realized that, I said to myself let's get behind the truck. My concern was with the people who were with me."
"Brent had enough level headedness and experience and wisdom to follow his gut to say let's get behind the truck; the explosion went off and it was just shocking," said Carr. "I can see bricks just flying by my head; I remember thinking about my daughter, about my family."
"I'm glad I was here to help people out very much. I'm really proud of myself," said Alexander.
There would be injuries that day, but thanks to Brent Alexander, no one died. For his courage and quick thinking, the Pioneer valley Red Cross will honor Brent Alexander as a Hometown Hero the morning of March 28th.