- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GRAND PRAIRIE, La. (AP) - A Navy veteran and father who died after saving his 10-year-old son from his family’s burning mobile home is being remembered as a hero.

The fire took place on Friday night, according to fire officials.

The Daily World (https://bit.ly/12oLsPB ) reports that Johnathan Robertson Sr., 42, died due to burns suffered from running through his mobile home as he carried his son, John Jr., through the flames. The newspaper says he was the father of three children.

Ray Mendenhall, a parish fire chief, said John Jr. was in stable condition at a Baton Rouge hospital after receiving third-degree burns to 40 percent of his body.

The rest of the family, including Robertson’s wife, Laura, was able to escape the house safely.

“We have the training, the tools and the gear to enter a structure fire,” Mendenhall said. “This man went through the fire to rescue his son with none of that.”

After running in the home and taking his son from his bedroom to safety, John Sr. was taken to Our Lady of the Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette, where he died later that night after suffering second- and third-degree burns over much his body.

Mendenhall said his agency is collecting donations for the family that has lost so much.

Brittany Robertson, daughter of John Sr., said in a statement that the family has received an “outpouring of generosity, love and support.”

“My heart melts. There are no words, no compensation, no metaphor that could ever describe our family’s appreciation,” she said. “The legacy that my father has left and my baby brother will carry with him forever, will shine and prosper because of you.”

Mendenhall said donations to the Robertson family can be dropped off at the District 3 Fire Station at 87 La. 749.

The Evangeline Bank and Trust Company in Ville Platte is also accepting donations for the family.

There is also a GoFundMe account online at www.gofundme.com/Robertsons where you can donate to the family.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Louisiana State Fire Marshall’s Office.

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Information from: The Daily World, https://www.dailyworld.com


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