After diving into the raging waters in Florida to save a drowning girl, Sergeant First Class Tim Brumit was paralyzed and suffered from a broken neck. 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.
He was held back by some family members from going into the water, but he went anyway. As he’s been through tougher situations, he thought this one shouldn’t be any different. But the 6 foot 4 inch-tall military serviceman was wrong with his judgments as the wave “moved out of the way and turned into a foot of water”.
“So I went in the water, hit my head first, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m done,'” Brumit said.
Upon the wave’s impact, Brumit’s neck broke instantly.
“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.”
Instantly, a fellow soldier came to his rescue and pulled the sergeant out of the water. He was rushed to Baptist Hospital, where doctors told him he could no longer walk.
Meanwhile, the drowning girl was rescued by another boat.
Standing by Brumit’s side during his stay at the hospital was his father Randy, who is a military veteran. He constantly reminds his son of their family motto: “What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve”.
Despite being told that he will not be able to walk again, Brumit is not the least bit worried.
“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.”
Brumit’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay the medical expenses.
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