A Special Forces solider was left paralyzed from the neck down after he jumped into the sea to rescue a 13-year-old girl from drowning.
Sergeant First Class Tim Brumit dived into the water at Crab Island, near Destin, Florida, in stormy conditions after he heard that a young girl was drowning.
However, after diving from a boat, the 6 ft 4 in Army Ranger, who has served 11 deployments over the past 12 years, slammed into deceptively shallow water and snapped two vertebrae in his neck.
1. In this Facebook photo posted on Sunday, Brumit is seen with his two children Hallie Kate and Connor in his hospital bed.
2. Brumit is pictured on the beach with his two children Hallie Kate and Connor.
Brumit, 32, told Wear-TV:
They said don’t go in the water it’s storming, I dove. My misjudgement was that the wave moved out of the way and turned into a foot of water probably, and soon as I went, I’m 6’4″, so I went in the water, hit my head first, and I’m like, oh I’m done.
As soon as I hit I heard a crack, a crunch and I knew it was broken, I couldn’t move my hands or legs, and I was conscious, no pain at all. I was just like well if I don’t have anyone see this, I’m not getting out of the water, I tried my best.
3. Tim Brumit, pictured left, is a Special Forces soldier — just like his father Randy (right).
4. The soldier has refused to be beaten, vowing to do everything in his power to walk again.
5. Tim Brumit, who is a member of the 7th Special Forces Group, was helped by another soldier before being rushed to hospital.
The young girl was rescued by a person on another boat and Brumit, from the 7th Special Forces Group, was helped by another soldier before being taken to hospital.
After being treated at Baptist Hospital following the accident on Saturday July 25, the doctors have not been able to say anything definitive on whether Brumit would regain the use of his limbs.
However, he has vowed to do everything he can to walk again and says that he wants to recover in a “record time”.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the soldier’s medical bills and has already raised close to $39,000.
6. A soldier dove into stormy water to save a girl from drowning and broke his own neck.
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