(KMOV)-- A MetroBus operator who risked his life to save a family in East St. Louis received an award Thursday evening for his heroism.
Brian Alexander received an award for heroism from the City of East St. Louis during Thursday night's City Council Meeting for risking his life to save a family from a fire.
Authorities say that Alexander was driving his route Saturday morning when he saw flames coming out of the first floor windows of a home in East St. Louis. He reported the fire and parked the bus.
Alexander went inside the building twice to help rescue the individuals trapped inside the burning building. Alexander assisted in rescuing four young children under the age of 6, and a woman.
Alexander waited until the fire department and police officers arrived to finish his bus route.
Alexander has been with Metro for six years. He does not consider himself a hero.
He said he could not have lived with himself if he had heard that someone did not make it out of the fire. Alexander lost his home to a fire in 2004.