04/18/2014 09:53 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Amazing' Soldier Rescues Woman Right Before Being Honored As War Hero

If you ever find yourself in need of help, you'll want to have this Army reservist around.

Just hours before Sgt. James Yates was scheduled to be honored at an Iowa Barnstormers football game last weekend, he came to the rescue of a nearby woman, according to KCCI.

On Saturday, Yates, who has completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded a Purple Heart, heard a knock on the door.

Turns out Courtney Pearson, a local woman, became trapped under her SUV after a jack gave out.

Luckily, her children were playing outside and heard their mom scream, so her 11-year-old son ran to go get help. He found Yates three doors down.

Yates sprung into hero mode: He got Pearson out safely from underneath the car, and then rushed to the game. All before Pearson could even ask his name.

"He's an amazing person and I just wish I could thank him," Pearson told KCCI.

Read the full story at KCCI.

Pearson, who only suffered some bruising on her back and chest, plans on calling him soon to express her gratitude.

Yates isn't the only soldier to be lauded for his heroic actions in a dire moment. Just a few weeks ago, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, base commander at Fort Hood, honored an unnamed female police officer, who ended the shooting rampage by shooting at Ivan Lopez just before he killed himself.

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