Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Imagine sleeping at home and suddenly a fire breaks out; you can't breathe, no pulse, no heartbeat.
That scenario was a reality for one Sumter man.
"The only thing I do remember is waking up five days afterwards," said 42-year-old Lester Peterson.
Back in August, Peterson was sound asleep in his home around 6 a.m. when a fire started.
Peterson was motionless and overcome by the smoke.
Thats when Peterson's saviors arrived.
"You are in the moment and it's just training, that's what it all goes back to is training," said Landor Cribb.
As firefighters contained the flames, Peterson was lying on the floor, that's when Lt. Ralph Carroll found him with no pulse and not breathing; technically he was dead.
"Everything took place it wasn't any second guessing," said Carroll.
Firefighters Jeffrey Shirley, Brantley Hutchinson and Landor Cribb assisted Carroll and brought Peterson outside.
EMS wasn't on the scene yet so the men performed CPR to revive him; saving his life.
"I really appreciate their services and everything," said Peterson.
They were honored with the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award, the highest honor given by the Red Cross. But if you ask them, "Hero" is not a word they would use to describe themselves.
"It's what we do every day, it's no different than honoring the bag boy for bagging groceries right, that's his job, this is our job," said Shirley.
"It's not always like that, so you win some you lose some and initially in the end its Gods choice we are just a tool that he uses to go in and help somebody," said Cribb. "There is not a greater job out there, than being able to lend a hand to help save someone or keep someone from danger or being injured."
If you ask the man they saved, "Hero" is the only word to describe them.
"God bless them too, I do consider them heroes. Even though they don't think so, I consider them heroes," said Peterson.