MARINE Gives Life To Save Friend

Posted on May 15, 2012


Kansas (The Gaslamp Post) – A Marine who served his country through two tours in Iraq, has given his life in one final act of bravery; he pulled his friend from a burning plane.  According to the only survivor of the crash, 22-year-old Miss Hannah Luce, Marine Austin Anderson, 27, pulled her from the wreckage which was engulfed in flames and got her to safety.

Hannah Luce, 22, sole survivor of the May 11th plane crash which killed 4 of her friends. – AP photo

He himself died in the hospital a short time later, with over 90% of his body burned.

Anderson and Luce, along with three of their friends, were on their way to a Christian youth rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, when the small 8 seater aircraft began to experience problems.  According to the report, the plane which took off from an airport in Tulsa, crash landed in a field and slid approximately 200 feet, before it hit trees and burst into flames upon impact.

Stephen Luth, 22, Garret Coble, 29, and the plane’s pilot, Luke Sheets, 23, died in the crash.

“He served two tours in Iraq, and he was willing to give his life for his country,” said Ron Luce, Hannah’s father. “He was willing to give his life for a friend. He was always willing to go that extra mile.”  With as grateful Luce is to Anderson for saving his daughter’s life, his joy is bittered by the grief he feels for the parents of the three lost kids.

Anderson had just graduated, along with Luce, on May 5, 2012, from the Oral Roberts University.

(h/t:  ABCnews)

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