Dead man, hero, and not a swimming safety expert
Do you know when it is appropriate to dive into unknown waters headlong? Never. A shattered ankle or torn ACL you can recover from relatively easily. Relative to dying, that is. But do you think Michael Patterson would trade lives with this little girl again? I suspect not.
I hope he believed in Jesus as his personal savior because you don’t get credit for being a hero in Hell…but you do make me proud to be a man, because there was one willing to make the trade pro bono. Good on you Patterson. Rest in peace.