MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- One year later, Elesa Cooper-Jones honors the two Malvern firefighters, who rescued her one-year-old daughter Nevaeh, and recovered the body of her 28-year-old son Jonathan Cooper.
"We just do our job. We're thankful they did this for us, but they don't owe us nothing," said Capt. Heath Loy, one of the first responders.
A bad storm hit Malvern around October of 2014. Lightning struck a tree outside Cooper-Jones' house. The tree crashed through the roof. Malvern fire captains Loy and Jonathan Farber crawled through the debris, finding Cooper's body and 1-year-old Nevaeh, unharmed.
"When we got her out, I was thinking about my little girl as well, and I didn't know whether to cry or jump for joy. It was a very emotional deal," said Loy.
On that day, October 2, 2014, recovery and rescue was not a quick process.