A United States military serviceman is paralyzed after he dove into stormy waters in Florida to save a drowning girl.
Sergeant First Class Tim Brumit of the 7th Special Forces Group of the Army Rangers suffered from a broken neck after diving into the water on July 25 to save a young girl's life.
“I’ve been through tougher,” Brumit told WEAR3 (video below). “This is not gonna set me back.”
The sergeant, who is also a father, was near Crab Island in Florida when he heard the screams of a drowning girl during a storm.
“They said don’t go in the water it’s storming, I dove,” Brumit said. “My misjudgment 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.'”
Brumit’s neck broke instantly upon impact.
“As soon as I hit I heard a crack, a crunch, and I knew it was broken,” he said. “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.”
That was when a fellow soldier pulled the sergeant out of the water. He was sent to Baptist Hospital where doctors told him that he had lost his ability to walk.
The drowning girl was eventually rescued by another boat.
Brumit's father Randy, also a military veteran, stands by his side.
“What’s our motto, our family motto?” he asked. “What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve, right buddy?”
The challenge of walking again is nothing Brumit is worried about.
“Like in the Army selections or schools I go to, many men cry," he said. "Many men fail. If he can do it, why can I not do it. I’ll be going for a record time, for sure."
Despite his injuries, Brumit told WEAR3 that he would not hesitate to dive into the water to save that girl again.
Brumit's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay the medical expenses.
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