Extreme Makeover: Home Edition   -  About the Episode

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Kansas City firefighter Stephen Johnson is a man who is used to rescuing others and a hero to so many, including to his own five children. In 2004, called to the scene of a house explosion in south Kansas City, Stephen risked his own life to save a paramedic, Mary Seymour, who had been shot when she came under fire from a nearby house. Mary, who nominated the Johnson family to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, recalls that Stephen led the arriving pack of firefighters who saved her life by first controlling her bleeding and administering oxygen, then carrying her across the exposed area to an ambulance. With no thought to his own safety, Stephen braved gunfire and explosions to pull her out of harm's way. But his heroism isn't all on the job. Besides raising three kids of his own -- Stephen Jr., 18, Duane, 14 and Gina, 12 -- Stephen rescued two neighborhood kids, Brandon, 15, and Ryan, 13, from the foster care system after their adoptive mother passed away.

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