St. Joesph Teen Injured Trying to Sav...

St. Joesph Teen Injured Trying to Save Neighbor from Fire

There are 54 comments on the Fox4KC story from Jan 11, 2010, titled St. Joesph Teen Injured Trying to Save Neighbor from Fire. In it, Fox4KC reports that:

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.

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#21 Jan 11, 2010
Dbie Johnson wrote:
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.
I would imagine, after people read about Preston, every person on this planet would be proud! I hope the mayor of his town honors his bravery in some manner. This young man is a fine example of honor, heroism, and selflessness.

United States

#22 Jan 11, 2010
What a brave young man, blessings on him and his courage. My prayers for his neighbor William Taylor.

Tucson, AZ

#23 Jan 11, 2010
As a military wife I can surely attest that this young man will be an amazing asset to any branch of the military as he has so bravely displayed his willingness to live unselfishly.

United States

#24 Jan 12, 2010
good heart young man. you will be gr8tly rewarded for such an unselfish deed. you sure will!

Hamburg, NY

#25 Jan 12, 2010
Very sad the gentleman died anyway, but this kid is a hero non the less. Few of us are so selfless as this boy.
Texas mom

San Antonio, TX

#27 Jan 12, 2010
Thank you young man for reminding me that there are young people in our country that have good, healthy values; that actually cares about someone besides himself. Your selfless act may not have saved your friend/neighbor - but you saved a lot of people that have lost faith in our youth. Thank you!
Charles Sapp

Jonas Ridge, NC

#28 Jan 12, 2010
It is refreshing for me to hear of heoric actions, particularly by young citizens, where another is saved from a dangerous condition by their heoric and unselfish actions. Thank you and May God bless all involved.
Reverend Davis

Niceville, FL

#29 Jan 12, 2010
That young man deserves the recognition for a job well done. As a former firefighter, I can tell you the things that go through your mind in a situation like that and it isn't always a pretty image.

I applaud and congratulate you Mr. Handsome.

Houston, TX

#30 Jan 12, 2010
Mr. Taylor will be watching over Handsome. No doubt.

Norfolk, VA

#31 Jan 12, 2010
It gave me great pleasure to read this article about someone so young willing to risk his life for a friend. Very sorry that the friend did not survive. This young man is definitely a HERO!! He offered the greatest gift anyone give -- the possbility of losing his own life to save another.

San Diego, CA

#32 Jan 12, 2010
So sad the neighbor didn't pull through, but what an amazing young man. Mom must be so proud.

El Segundo, CA

#33 Jan 12, 2010
This kid is a HERO. God bless him for his bravery. My heart goes out to the family who lost their loved one.

Spring, TX

#34 Jan 12, 2010
What an awesomly brave young man you are, Preston!
in Awe in CT

United States

#35 Jan 12, 2010
wow! I would certainly hope that my boys would do the same when faced with a situation like that! this story brought tears to my eyes, knowing what a good young man you must be to have risked yourself for someone else. That my dear, is a trait that most of us don't have. I am sure your Mother is beyond proud of you as is your community. You have many great things to give and I think this was only the first of the many great things you will do with your life. Keep on keepin' on buddy!

Kansas City, KS

#36 Jan 12, 2010
Preston, well done young man! Your selflessness, compassion, and bravery moved me to tears this morning when I heard your story and the positive effect your act of courage is having on all of us who now know you. Our prayers go out for your speedy recovery, for your family, and for the deceased.

Having grown up in the US military and having friends/family currently serving in all the branches of service, I know that you will be a great addition to any branch you chose.

I will reiterate what another poster commented, joining the Boy Scouts of America and earning your Eagle Scout rank will help you on your path to joining and having a successful military career.

God Bless You and Your Family For Raising Such A Great Young Man!
J Martinez

Coudersport, PA

#37 Jan 12, 2010
It is so nice to see a young man willing to help others these days. Be happy that the last thing this elderly gentleman saw was his friend. God Bless You

Colorado Springs, CO

#38 Jan 12, 2010
Brave child, please do not think your efforts were in vain. Even though your neighbor died, he was given the best chance possible to live, because of your heroic actions.

I am a stranger, but I'm proud of you. I am sure your own family, your community, and your neighbor's family are also very proud of you!

As far as your future dreams, the military would be LUCKY to have a fine young man such as yourself. Best of luck in everything you do.

San Francisco, CA

#39 Jan 12, 2010
What a brave young man! Your parents have taught you well! I hope your injuries heal quickly. I am sure your neighbor was awake enough to know what you did for him!
God Bless you young Mr. Handsome!

Honesdale, PA

#40 Jan 12, 2010
This young man is incredible and should be honored for such a selfless act. Good Job Preston, and I wish you a healthy and speedy recovery

Fort Wayne, IN

#41 Jan 12, 2010
What a brave young man...God bless

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