St. Joesph Teen Injured Trying to Save Neighbor from Fire

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St. JOSEPH, MO - A 13-year-old St. Joseph boy is recovering from injuries he suffered while pulling an elderly neighbor from his burning home. Full Story
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Platte City, MO

#1 Jan 11, 2010
It's encouraging to read that such a young boy would have such courage and compassion to help his elderly neighbor. Very sad to read that the neighbor didn't make it.

Kansas City, MO

#2 Jan 11, 2010
God bless this heroic young man and the parents who taught him to put other people before himself.

Macon, MO

#3 Jan 11, 2010
A really great young man. Helps boost my faith in the young generation. Hope the burns heal real quick.

Madison, NJ

#4 Jan 11, 2010
More younge people need to do things like this.

United States

#5 Jan 11, 2010
What an outstanding, brave, young man. Too bad it didn't end better for the neighbor. I especially like the last line of the article "Putting his life on the line for others is something Handsome plans to pursue later in life. He wants go into the military." He should certainly be welcomed when the time come.

Semper Fi young man.

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jan 11, 2010
what a remarkable young man. I know many adults that wouldnt do something so heroic. It is so great to see that there are still good people out there willing to help others. God bless
Thomas R Scheuermann


#7 Jan 11, 2010
Wow, a job very well done!
Preston, you have done more than most people will ever do - and I am not talking about professionals (fire fighters, police, Military, medics etc).
You have risked your own life in order to safe another.
It was also said you would like to do this as a profession and join the military. Wow!
Until then if you haven't done already may I suggest to join the Boy Scout? There you do learn a lot of important skills to help others in many ways and best off all if you do become an Eagle Scout the Military (and many companies) will honor this as you join.

Yuma, AZ

#8 Jan 11, 2010
Other could utilize this brave young man as an example. if more were like him we would be a closer nation. He is wise and brave beyond his years....

United States

#9 Jan 11, 2010
Mr. Handsome (Great name, by the way) is what a hero IS............

Grand Forks, ND

#10 Jan 11, 2010
Stalwart action.

Colchester, CT

#11 Jan 11, 2010
What a brave young man!
The Raven

New Philadelphia, OH

#12 Jan 11, 2010

People from all over America (I'm in Ohio) are reading about your heroism!!!

What pride your mother must feel.

Thank you...

Aurora, CO

#13 Jan 11, 2010
WOW! What else is there t say?

Hood River, OR

#14 Jan 11, 2010
Good boy, Mr. Handsome.

Santa Maria, CA

#15 Jan 11, 2010
You are a great person and your must have been raised by one too! Thank you for helping!!!!!!!


#16 Jan 11, 2010
This is kind of person we need to run our country, unselfish and care for other.

Arnold, MO

#17 Jan 11, 2010
You were already a an exceptional person just to care about the well being of your elderly neighbor, but risking your life is heroic. I hope you heal quickly.
Dbie Johnson

Newport, KY

#18 Jan 11, 2010
Son, if you do join the military.... I have no doubt you will be successful. Your actions may not have saved your neighbor's life, but without you, he may not have had any chance at all. You're a brave boy. Your family must be incredibly proud of you.


#19 Jan 11, 2010
alk wrote:
More younge people need to do things like this.
I'd be pleased to see more young people think like this lad, even if they didn't think they could act on their thoughts. Congratulations to both Preston and his parents! They taught him empathy, and he learned well.

Baltimore, MD

#20 Jan 11, 2010
I'm sorry your neighbor didn't make it. There wasn't anything more you could have done. Look at it like this - he could have died alone and scared in his home, but he had your company shortly before the end - and he knew he wasn't alone. That means a lot.

May all your pain (and grief) heal quickly.

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