While candidates for president argue over who's a war hero, there's no disputing the heroism of Scott Johnson, 34, of Johnson County, who died trying to save his grandmother from a flash flood.
Four inches of rain falling in less than two hours last Monday turned Big Mudlick Creek into a river of destruction.
Johnson guided his father, sister and uncle to safety from the mobile homes where they lived.
Despite warnings that it would be too dangerous, he went back for his grandmother, Willa Mae Pennington, 74, and a nephew. He managed to push the boy to safety in the branches of a catalpa tree and hoisted his Nana onto his back, only to be swept away, the Associated Press reported, based on eyewitness accounts.
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The body of Johnson, a musician whose stage name was Scott Free, was recovered Friday.
He was one of four confirmed dead, including his grandmother, in Johnson County.
We honor his act of heroism and the many acts of compassion and heroism by first responders, friends and residents of the Flat Gap area as they search through the ruins and rebuild their homes and lives.