Alan Hall, real life hero, sacrifices life to save others
The Tampa Bay Times headline reads: Wife of man who saved child from drowning: ‘That’s how he lived his life’
“If he knew this was going to happen, he wouldn’t have changed a thing,” said his son, Gregory Hall. “That’s just the way he was. That was his character.”
“We’re upset over it … but we’re so proud of him,” Gregory told TBO. “He’s always been there for anybody and he would do it all over again.”
Eileen Hall recounts the scene: a walk Sunday afternoon on the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park, looking for pretty seashells and then they reached a part of Hurricane Pass.
Children playing had been pulled out by the current. Three kids were in the water, both of the children’s parents dove in…with Alan right behind.
The parents pulled two of the kids to safety as Hall rescued the five-year-old, but the current overtook Hall and he was found face down moments later, unresponsive.
“When he went out in the water, he didn’t think he was going to be a hero,” Gregory Hall said. “He didn’t think anything. It was just natural instincts, the way he is. He just ran out there.”