In chapter 6, Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dally return to the abandoned church on Jay Mountain to discover it is on fire and there are children inside. Ponyboy and Johnny courageously enter the burning church and begin throwing the defenseless children to safety. After all the children make it to safety, Johnny saves Ponyboy's life by shoving him out of a window. When Ponyboy turns back to reenter the burning building to save Johnny, a massive beam falls from the crumbling ceiling and lands on Johnny's back. Despite the fact that Dally is able to drag Johnny from the church and save his life, Johnny suffers a broken back and is in critical condition. In the hospital, the doctors tell Johnny he will never be able to walk again. Johnny struggles to survive for a few days after suffering his terrible injuries and has an emotional conversation with Ponyboy about his physical condition. Unfortunately, Johnny is unable to recover from his injuries and dies in the hospital.