TODAY’S HERO: Mike Patterson, a Georgia father who was paralyzed when he dove into a creek to save a young girl earlier this month, died early Friday morning as a result of complications from his injuries.
Patterson, 43, severed his spinal cord when he dove into the Euharlee Creek in Rockmart, Ga., to
save a 4-year-old girl who was drowning. He was with his 9-year-old son when he heard the girl’s screams, and when he dove in to save her, he hit the bottom and severed his spinal cord.
He still was able to get the girl to safety despite suffering paralysis in both of his legs and one of his arms.