John Kurrasch is a 20 year old man with autism from San Juan Capistrano, California in Orange County. John Kurrasch is an Autism Light because on Sunday, August 11, 2013, he helped lead his grandmother and a neighbor out of a burning house.
Tony Weeda noticed that his neighbor's house was on fire and he went inside the house to warn the 82 year old Autism Grandmother who lived there. John Kurrasch, a young adult with autism was upstairs. When they got up to John's room the power went out and Tony Weeda was helpless to navigate an exit of someone else's house in the dark. That is where John Kurrasch comes in. After John was asked to help lead his neighbor and Grandma out of the house in the dark, they held on to his shirt and he lead all of them out of the house to safety.
Here is the story on John Kurrasch's heroic act.
John Kurrasch's Grandmother refers to him as an "angel". Dave Kurrasch who is John's father said, "When the chips are down with John, when somebody's sick, he just transforms into an angel (Source)."
For more information on this incident involving John Kurrasch being an Autism Light read the NBC Los Angeles news story at this link.
John Kurrasch is an example of how individuals with autism can be very helpful and make a difference in people's lives. Thanks to John Kurrasch this fire may have destroyed property but no lives were lost.
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