By Amy Berg, Staff Writer
“They always look out for us and we help them out when they need it,” Tony Weber said.
Weber, along with Tom Matray are the duo that saved Mary and Otto Hartmann Sr. from a house fire on August 11. Matray lives two houses down from the Hartmanns and Weber lives across the street from them in Gibbon.
For this good deed and brave feat, Matray and Weber were named the September Hometown Heroes by KNUJ and the New Ulm Hy-Vee. They were also honored at the Gibbon Firemen’s Dance on September 13 along with Weber’s sister, Natalie.
During the early evening hours, a little before 5:30 p.m. on August 11, Matray was wheeling out his grill to get supper going. He saw Butch Weber, Tony’s father, across the street with the grill already going.
The next series of events unfolded quickly and intensely, with Matray and Weber acting on instinct.
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