Joanne Hayes-White, the San Francisco Fire Chief also praised the flight attendant for being "so composed."
"She was not concerned for her safety, but everyone else's," she said.
Lee said she was the last to leave the plane. And she glanced back.
"The ceiling was coming down and I felt like something was dragging the plane. Behind me I couldn't see, because it looked like there was a wall."
She had no idea the tail had snapped off or how the plane would be nearly engulfed in flames moments after they had escaped.
Two teenagers, both 16, died in the crash. The rest who were on board escaped: 305 of them.