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Goodbye To A Hero

on June 28, 2013

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Mike Patterson, his wife and three children

On June 8, Mike Patterson was enjoying an afternoon with his nine-year old son on the shores of Euharlee, Creek in Rockport Ga.  The 43 year old spotted a toddler drowning in the swimming hole and, without hesitation, dived in to save the small child.

He succeeded but suffered a severe neck injury and was found unconscious and drowning in the water moments after rescuing the small child.  He had broken his neck in three separate places as he had dived into a shallow area of the swimming hole head first.  He has spent the days following his heroic act in the Intensive Care Unit of a nearby hospital, paralyzed and battling pneumonia caused by the water in his lungs.

Today, Mike Patterson lost the battle and died from his injuries.  So, now we have to say good-bye to a good samaritan who selflessly gave his life to save another.  Let us remember him and send our prayers to his family and loved ones. May his sons always remember and respect their father for the Hero he was.

R.I.P. Mike..You lost the battle but you saved the day.

A fund has been set up in Mike’s memory to defray the medical costs and family expenses for Mike’s surviving family.  You can get more information here:

Friends Of Mike Patterson

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21 responses to “Goodbye To A Hero

  1. barbtaub says:

    My heart and prayers to his family. Thank you for sharing this story of courage and loss.

  2. A thought for Mike. R.I.P.

  3. What horrible news, RIP to a great man and hero.

  4. ioniamartin says:

    Through tears I am grateful you posted this. What a hero.

  5. Bastet says:

    How so very sad…a thought for your friend may he rest in peace.

  6. V.E.G. says:

    God bless Michael Patterson. He is of Scottish origin. A toast of Scotch. The song of Bagpipes for the Clan Patterson, sing the song of Auld Lang Syne and the Flower of Scotland.

  7. keladelaide says:

    A truly selfless act.

  8. mcwoman says:

    I had a cousin who did a similar thing. He saved a white water rafter who got into trouble and lost his life doing it. Unsung heroes are angels in disguise.

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