Survivor Calls Rescuer Who Drowned A Hero And Angel

Many are calling 31-year-old Jeremy Crandall a hero--especially the man whose life he saved at Emerald Isle over the Memorial Day weekend.

Crandall was surfing when he noticed a father and son in trouble in the water and came to their rescue. Crandall lost his life saving the two.

The father from Virginia who was saved, who only wants us to use his first name, says, "He was an Angel, he was a hero. If not for him two people would've been gone."

Timmy says after he and his son we pulled to safety, he waited so he could thank Crandall. "That's all I was thinking about. I was going to thank him. I owe him my life. It hurts. It hurt when he didn't come in. I feel everything. I feel guilt. I feel responsible. I feel a lot of stuff. It's going to take a long time to get over this. But, I'll never forget him."

Crandall's mother, Linda Carpenter from Michigan, says her son was in a near fatal car accident just a year ago and said she believes it was her son's destiny to help save lives, just as his had been saved.

Carpenter says while she's not surprised Jeremy would put his life on the line to save others -- there was an event that took place the day Jermey died that gives her peace her son is at rest.

Carpenter says, "The odd thing about this whole thing is that morning we had gone out to the cemetery and put crosses on all of our family and for some reason we ended up with an extra cross and we didn't know what to do with it and my sister said, Well put it with mom's and she'll just have a visitor."

Carpenter says a group of firefighters plans to nominate her son for the Carnegie Lifesaving Award.

Crandall is survived by his fiance and daughters ages five and two.

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The Memorial Day holiday weekend has turned deadly on the Crystal Coast.

A Hubert man died after witnesses said he gave his surf board to a father and son who were in distress. That surfer, who police now identify as 31-year-old Jeremy Crandall, was found about 20 minutes later when his body washed up on shore.

The drowning happened Sunday in front of the Holiday Travel Park in Emerald Isle.

Authorities say rip currents have been extremely rough the past several days.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    April 28th would have been Jerry's Birthday...I miss you bro.
  • by Mom Location: Mi on Jan 11, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    We just had our first christmas without you Jerry. We missed your call, but you were in my heart and thoughts.His girls are doing good and are beautiful and will be beautiful young women. The family are doing fine also. We love you honey wherever you are.
  • by Keith on Nov 11, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    Its been nearly 6 months since my little brother gave his life. I know my mom, his daughters, our youngest brother and his big sister, along with Jess and all those who loved him miss him very much...
  • by V.E.G. on Oct 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Believe it or not, he is the cousin of U. S. Grant!
  • by V.E.G. on Oct 21, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    Jeremy Lee Crandall is the cousin of President Andrew Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, and George Washington!
  • by V.E.G. on Oct 21, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    He was eligible for membership of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
  • by Vasili on Jul 3, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    In memory of Jeremy Lee Crandall A true and faithful man gave his life saving others on May 30, 2010 in this location. God alone understands.
  • by Vasili on Jul 2, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    Jeremy Lee Crandall is a true hero of New England Yankee Stock.
  • by Mom-Linda Location: mich on Jun 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM
    mom in VA. I hope you are doing fine. I know it comes and goes. I am have good days and bad. Let both of our families find that as the days pass that we will have more good days than bad. We are thinking of you and praying for you too. Love and peace
  • by Mom in Va. Location: Va on Jun 10, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    Jerry, I think of you every day, and I thank you every day for being such a wonderful man. Thank you so much. I will never forget. I hope some life guards being placed on the beach will happen. Love to everyone for your caring and prayers.
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