While my mother wouldn’t be caught dead with a gun, Ruby Hodge might be dead if she hadn’t had hers handy. Ruby was still in bed Monday morning when she heard a knock at the door. When she didn’t answer it, two men forced their way in. “‘Then I heard a loud noise and I said it was somebody broken in my door,’ she continued. The great-grandmother came face to face with two men dressed in black down her hallway.” We aren’t sure whether or not Ruby thought, “Ninjas!” when she saw the pair, but we do know that she thought about her pistol . . .
As carolinalive.com relates Hodge said,
“I reached and I got my pistol and I met them right outside of my bedroom. Right inside of my bedroom door two black men passed and they were two medium black men and they were dressed in black and when they saw me standing in there with my pistol , they left and run.”
Hodge pressed her lifeline button that hangs loosely around her neck. It alerted 911 and within five minutes several deputies with the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office were at Hodge’s home.
We know, we know…when seconds count and all that. No argument here. But Ruby seems to discount the roll her pistol played in warding off the marauders.
“I’ve had [the button] for about five years now and I never have really had to use it up until this time is when I used my lifeline and I feel like that saved my life.”
Far be it from us to argue with a nice little old lady, but we’d lay odds the two home invaders never even noticed her lifeline button. As Ruby told the reporter, they took off when they saw her heater – the one she says she sleeps with. Neighbors saw the two ducking out of the house, jotted down their license plate and they were later nabbed by police, of which we couldn’t be more pleased. So while we hope you won’t need it again, you keep that gun under your pillow, Ruby.