Brave boy sacrifices life to save four kids, leaving grieving parents proud

While enjoying a vacation at a Florida beach, 16-year-old Bryce Brooks from Atlanta demonstrated remarkable courage by diving into the water to aid a group of struggling young kids. Bryce was on a Pensacola trip when the incident unfolded.

During a news conference, Bryce’s father, Shivy Brooks, recounted the event, explaining that Bryce and his friends noticed four children caught in the current. Without hesitation, Bryce and two friends leaped in to assist.

Their remaining friends sought out adults who could aid in the rescue effort. At the time, Bryce called out for help while battling against the strong currents.

The spring break getaway became a pivotal moment for Bryce, who had recently made the honor roll.

His father underlined Bryce’s intent: “He wasn’t asking for help for himself but for the kids that he wanted to save.” The absence of lifeguards and yellow beach flags indicating moderate currents added to the urgency.

Charles Johnson II, a family friend known as “Uncle Chuck,” responded by diving in to rescue Bryce. Despite his strong swimming skills, he couldn’t overcome the powerful currents.

Both Bryce and Uncle Chuck were pulled underwater, and the loss of Bryce has left his family devastated.

Yet, to them, Bryce is a hero, a young man who acted selflessly without regrets. His mother shared, “We’re never going to get to see Bryce grow up and be the full man that he was going to be. But we know that he stepped into his manhood to save these children. That makes me proud.”

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Bryce’s father echoed this sentiment, declaring, “Bryce is a hero. He literally saved the lives of four kids at the expense of his own.”

Bryce’s memory is one of creativity, love for music and fashion. His legacy lives on in a powerful way as a foundation named after him aims to equip youth with essential skills, such as swimming and CPR training, to prevent future tragedies.

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In a touching outpouring of support, a GoFundMe campaign, initiated by the non-profit Get Your Teach On, garnered over $109,647 from more than 2,300 donations, surpassing its $75,000 goal.

Bryce’s younger brother Christian, aged 6, was not present during the incident and learned of his brother’s passing upon reuniting with their parents and grandparents.

Bryce and Uncle Chuck’s bravery and selflessness have resonated widely, touching not only the lives of the children they saved and their families, but also leaving a profound impact on the world.

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