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
File photo of a Purple Heart.   (Shutterstock)

(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.

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Apr 16, 2014 7:02 PM CDT
A hero is someone who takes a journey unknown to us and returns to tell us of the journey. (Joseph Campbell's version.) Here we have folks willing to listen to the story. But let me tell you, there are two generations of heros out there that no one has listened to. And that's why you hear of so many suicides and PTSD situations. They come back and only a story like this will get anyone to listen.
Norman Johnson
Apr 16, 2014 6:58 PM CDT
Nice save man!
Apr 16, 2014 6:22 PM CDT
Good thing it wasn't a low rider