Reporting Holly Wagner
ST. PAUL (WCCO) – A St. Paul man will receive a national honor at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Friday.
Last summer, 35 year-old Montel Mixon showed just how brave he is by rescuing a woman from a burning home.
Mixon is one of three people who will receive the Citizen Service Before Self honor, chosen by recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The award is for the courage, sacrifice and selfless actions Mixon took to save the life of Ebony Jones last summer.
Jones’ boyfriend had locked her inside the bathroom, intentionally set the apartment on fire and tried to set her on fire.
Her 10-year-old son ran to Mixon for help.
Mixon ran into the burning four-plex, briefly tussled with the boyfriend, kicked down two doors, and rescued Jones from the bathroom.
Earlier this year, Mixon and Jones’ son were honored by St. Paul Police for their bravery.
Mixon will receive a medal and a certificate during a celebration near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery Friday afternoon.
This honor coincides with National Medal of Honor Day, which is Sunday, March 25.