With all the negative stuff we see out there about bigotry and racism, it was so moving to see this story about this white American hero, who risked his life when he saw a young black girl drowning in a river. He didn’t care about her color. He only saw a person in need.
When Michael Patterson saw a young girl struggling to stay above water in a creek in Rome, Georgia, on June 8, he dove in to save her. Patterson was gravely injured in the course of his heroics, WSB-TV reports.
The girl, 4-year-old Javea, was able to be resuscitated. But Patterson became paralyzed from the chest down during the dive.
Carlissa Jones, Javea’s mother, described Patterson’s brave but tragic dive. From WSB-TV.com:
“He jumped in head first and after I grabbed her, I looked back and he was floating on top of the water,” Jones said.
Though the water in the river was moving fast, the stream bed was very shallow and rocky. Patterson broke his neck the moment he hit the water.
Ambulance workers rushed Patterson to the hospital where he continues to rest in the intensive care unit.
Read more here on this great guy who unfortunately is now paying the price for his selfless act. My hat is off to him.