HOUSTON- A captain with the Houston Fire Department is recovering after being stabbed in the eye while trying to rescue a man from a fire at an automotive service center.

Capt. Kenneth Willingham was responding to a fire on Jan 6. at Kwik Kar Lube on Highway 6. He found a man unresponsive inside.

An HPD officer used a sledge hammer to gain entry to the building.

When Willingham tried to pull the man out, the man stabbed him in the eye with a pocket knife.

The man has been identified as 34-year-old William Morgan Johnson. He has been charged with First Degree Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.

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Immediately after the incident, Willingham was transported to the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute where he had to have surgery on his left eye.

He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.

Willingham is a 14-year veteran with the HFD.

Captain Kenneth Willingham