National Guard member helps out after storms

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – A National Guard member gave a helping hand after Tuesday’s storms.

24-Hour News 8’s Jeff Wagner caught up with Anthony Johnson who said he went to the Bentwood neighborhood just after 2 p.m. to see if anyone needed help.

Johnson went street to street, knocking on doors and going into homes, to check for structural damage.

“Any roof damage, siding damage, I’ve seen some wooden porches that were thrown all over the place,” said Johnson.

Johnson said he saw at least five homes that needed to be red-flagged.

Editor’s note: The governor is the only person who can activate the National Guard. Johnson was not officially activated, nor were any other Guardsmen. He decided on his own to help, and the National Guard’s policy states he should have been in civilian clothing. National Guard officials said Johnson “had good initiative but bad judgment.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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