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Army Reserve vet drowns while saving stepdaughter in TX lake

Brandyn Mitchell (Brandyn Mitchell/Facebook)
May 25, 2018

A U.S. Army Reserve member recently drowned while trying to save his 6-year-old soon-to-be stepdaughter from drowning.

Brandyn Mitchell, 25, was helping Keira get back on her floating device in a 6-foot deep Isle du Bois beach in Texas. When he told her to hold on, he slipped and drowned, his fiancée Angelia Herrera said, according to Fox News.

Mitchell’s body was pulled from Lake Ray Roberts around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday by rescuers with the Lewisville Fire Department’s dive team.

“He wanted to be a hero, not just once but every chance he could. Shortly put, he was an amazing man and I am lucky to have known him,” Herrera said.

His mother, Stacey Thompson, said Mitchell “could swim like a fish,” which is why she “can’t understand” how he drowned.

Mitchell was planning on enrolling in college and becoming a firefighter.

He served in the Tennessee Army National Guard for six years after high school.

Mitchell has three children.

The mother of two of his children, Asia Platt, said: “You went out a hero, saving the life of someone you cared about. That is the greatest gift one could receive.”