Thunder, Devon Energy Honor February Community Heroes

OKLAHOMA CITY, Monday, Feb. 20 - Best friends Tanner Mills and Chazton Tobey say they will never again take life for granted. The pair of heroes, from Davis, will be honored as the February Devon Energy Community Heroes, presented by the Thunder. The presentation will take place during tonight's Thunder game vs. the New Orleans Hornets.

Tanner and Chazton were late-night mudding in a dark spot of Cleveland County recently when they came upon a car stuck in the mud. Looking inside, they spotted Gayle Ault, an elderly woman stranded and shaking in the dark and cold. They stopped and asked her if she needed assistance. She told them her husband went to get help several hours before. As they attempted to put her in their warm truck, they noticed the husband, Carl Ault, had actually fallen in the mud and was lying face down in water, just behind the car. They pulled him to safety, called 911 and stayed with the couple, keeping them warm and safe until help arrived. Mr. and Mrs. Ault were airlifted to the hospital where they survived. The Ault family credits Tanner and Chazton for rescuing the couple from what was a very dangerous situation.

Members of the Ault family are scheduled to attend the game to watch Tanner and Chazton be recognized as Devon Energy Community Heroes. Mr. and Mrs. Ault, however, are unable to attend. Big Thunder fans, they watch every game on FOX Sports Oklahoma at their home in Yukon and will get special on-air recognition from Thunder broadcasters Brian Davis, Grant Long and Kelly Crull.

About the Devon Community Hero
Created in 2008, the Devon Community Hero Award, presented by the Thunder, is designed to honor outstanding Oklahomans who are making a significant difference in their community through their personal contributions of time, talent and/or finances. The program strives to recognize a wide diversity of people, from well-known Oklahomans to everyday heroes, highlighting the unique contributions they’ve made. For a list of previous honorees, visit the Community section of thunder.nba.com.