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12-year-old boy saves soldier’s life
COLORADO -- They fight for our country, but today a solider is calling a 12-year-old boy his hero. The soldier was kayaking in Lake George, Colorado when rough waters tipped him over. He soon realized he wasn't going to make it alone. As Olivia Wilmsen reports, a remarkable boy saved the soldier.
"I was fearing for my life."
Words staff sergeant Wesley Patton never dreamed he'd think on 11 mile reservoir. He was kayaking Sunday when choppy waters flipped over his kayak. Adin Pruett, 12, and his dad were fishing nearby.
"I yelled to him are you okay? And he said uh yeah."
Uh yeah quickly turned into uh oh.
"As it was filling with water, the boat was pulling me under."
Wesley was tangled in his nets and fishing gear... And his kayak was sinking.
"I said, 'are you still okay?' he said, 'no, I need help.'"
Adin started tossing anything in the boat to save him.
"I threw these, which also would help him because it's a life jacket."
A panicked Wesley made it to the edge of the boat.
"We were pulling him up here, pulling him up and it was not easy."
Safe. But it wasn't over yet. When he made it on board...
"We had him sitting here."
Wesley realized he was having an asthma attack.
"He was breathing really heavily."
"Once the three got to shore, Adin jumped out of the boat and ran to Wesley's truck to get his inhaler so Wesley could start breathing normally again."
"I was going through my mind... Nothing because i was in total shock!"
He must've hidden that shock...
"He was very mature and helpful young man."
Next month Staff Sergeant Patton will be fighting to save others -
But he'll always remember the brave boy who fought turbulent waters to save him.