70-Year-Old Marine Corps Veteran Saves Neighbor From Burning Home


March 18, 2021

He’s a hero!

Jimmy Johnson, a 70-year-old Pennsylvania veteran, saved his neighbor from a burning home, The Grio reports.


The Marine Corps veteran is being celebrated by his community after saving a neighbor from a house fire that broke out on March 13th in Norristown, PA. Johnson quickly ran up the street and kicked the door in with the help of some young kids in the neighborhood. They immediately started yelling for everyone to get out of the house, but one resident was trapped. 

Despite his lung issues, Johnson immediately ran upstairs to help the man to safety. 

“He was on fire! I said, ‘We got to get him out quick!’ I drug him down the stairs, brought him outside, and I’m just putting the fire out in his hair. It was just instinct that kicked in, and [I] did what [I] had to do,” Johnson told reporters.


Now he is being awarded for his bravery by the Norristown Fire Department and locals. He will be presented with a certificate by the Magistrate Judge Gregory Scott.

“The Norristown Fire Department salutes Mr. Johnson for his service to our country and our community. Mr. Johnson will be recognized by the municipality for his heroism at an upcoming council meeting,” fire officials said on Facebook.

Scott, who also works as a Norristown firefighter, praised Johnson during the ceremony, saying, “I appreciate you so much.” 


Johnson says he’s just thankful to the Plymouth Community Ambulance and all the firefighters for making sure he was ok. 

Thank you, Mr. Johnson! Because of you, we can!

Photo Courtesy of Norristown Fire Department


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