By Tonya Brown
Malboro County, SC (WPDE/CNN) - Two men reportedly broke into a great-grandmother's South Carolina home, and the elderly woman made sure the thieves didn't steal a thing.
"I sleep with my pistol," said 89-year-old Ruby Hodge.
That's what she says saved her from would-be burglars Monday morning.
"About 8 o'clock I hadn't got up out of bed and I heard somebody knocking on my door which I did not answer the knock then," she said.
Before she could even get out of bed, two men broke in Ruby's back door and made their way inside.
"Then I heard a loud noise and I said it was somebody broken in my door," she said.
At this point, the great-grandmother says she knew what she had to do.
"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," said Ruby.
She pressed her emergency alert button that she wears around her neck. It alerted 911 dispatchers, who sent deputies to her house within five minutes. Ruby's daughter and niece got there a few minutes later.
"She has always said that she had a gun and if it came she would shoot," said her daughter, Helen Caison.
"My aunt will be 90-yearsold in October and she held her own. And when the people were breaking in and they saw her, she had hit the lifeline button and also had her pistol turned on them they turned around and high-tailed it out of here. I'm so proud of her," said Rebecca McArthur.
Ruby says she's worked hard all her life and should be able to live in peace in her home.
Just in case something threatens that, she's got her piece nearby.
Police say they've tracked down the two men suspected of breaking into Hodge's home.
Both face burglary and damage to property charges.