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Veteran saves women on his way to an awards ceremony.

Veteran saves women on his way to an awards ceremony.


(CNN) - For some, being a hero is a full-time job, just ask Iowa army veteran James Yates.

He was on his way to a football game, where he'd be honored for his service, when he came across a neighbor in distress.
Here's what happened next
Forgive James Yates if his mind wanders while wiring a new apartment building in grimes
Should be headed to next unit soon, because he had one heck of a weekend.
The army reservist has completed tours in iraq and afghanistan. We did route clearance, looking for IEDs.  We did over 100 route clearance missions, cleared a lot of roads. But one bomb, they did not find.

From what I was told, it took us straight up, and then down both our front wheels were gone.
Sgt. James Yates lives every day on pain pills because of damage to his spinal cord...he received a purple heart for his injuries...and Saturday night was honored before the Iowa barnstormers game with two other purple heart recipients.
I've had that jack under the car before.  I didn't think it would be too much of an issue.
Two hours before the barnstormers game.

I jacked up the truck, took the tire off. Courtney Pearson was under her Chevy blazer, that was leaking brake fluid.
I had my kids out playing, and as soon as the car fell they heard me scream.  I said, go find a neighbor, go find a neighbor... Somebody, anybody.
Her 11-year-old found someone home three doors down.
Somebody knocked on the door and i answered it and he said my mom needs help.  I thought he was joking and then ran outside and heard the screaming.

Sgt. Yates was picking his girlfriend up to get to the game, where he would be honored as a war hero.
But someone needed him first.
My back was pinned against the ground.  I couldn't move out of there, i was stuck.  I could breathe, but it was very difficult.
Yates set the jack under the suv, and started cranking it back up.
Well, he had gotten it up, and before i had a chance to move...
Boom -- it fell again.

She started yelling and I was like, I'm so sorry!! heh heh.
He started cranking the jack again, and she was eventually able to wriggle out...amazingly with only deep bruising to her back and chest...
Stiff and sore.
But before she could say thanks or even get his name, her rescuer was gone to be honored at the football game.
Everybody gave us a standing ovation and it was pretty loud - and we were walking off and you could hear people saying thank you, and saluting us and stuff like that - and it was pretty cool.
Imagine if they had known what he stopped to do on the way.
He's an amazing person, and i just wish i had a chance to thank him.
Sergeant Yates says he would expect anybody to do the same thing he did in that situation.
Courtney says she plans on calling Yates to thank him.
     
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