Man Saves Neighbor— on Way to Get War Honor

James Yates rescues woman from pinned car before ceremony at football game

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2014 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Army reservist James Yates served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and received a Purple Heart when a roadside bomb damaged his spinal cord. He got some public recognition for his service last weekend from the crowd before an arena football game in Des Moines, and KCCI reports that he would have been forgiven if he were a little late for the ceremony—he had to stop and save a neighbor's life on the way. A woman got pinned under her Chevy Blazer when the jack slipped, and after her son sought help, Yates reset the jack and got the vehicle off of her. She escaped with only bruises, while Yates hustled off to be honored as a war hero. Click for the full story.

File photo of a Purple Heart.
File photo of a Purple Heart.   (Shutterstock)
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