On Sunday, 24-year-old Joshua Taylor was deemed a hero. However, he did not live to hear about it.
Taylor dove into the Clinton River in an attempt to save a toddler, but he never resurfaced.
Joshua’s father, Anthony Taylor, spoke out and said, “We weren’t prepared for it. His heart is huge and he always felt he had to help somebody,” and that is what he died doing.
The family of Joshua Traylor is still trying to make sense of a tragedy that took the young man’s life but has so many calling him a hero.
Officials say just before 5 p.m. Sunday, Joshua, his girlfriend and her 3-year-old son were at a boardwalk behind the Mt. Clemens’ YMCA feeding ducks when the little boy fell into the Clinton River.
Despite not knowing how to swim, Joshua jumped into the river to save the boy.
“I heard a commotion and thought it was a joke,” said Ron Elko.
Fishing nearby, Elko realized lives were in danger and jumped into the river even though, like Joshua, he says he also can’t swim.
“I went in where I last saw the kid and I just reached out and grabbed him. I don’t really know how I got back to the dock,” Elko said.
Emergency crews arrived to the scene and officials say Joshua was located just after 6 p.m.
He was rushed to a local hospital but could not be revived.
“As far as I’m concerned Josh is the real hero,” Elko said.
The report did not mention how the toddler is doing now.
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