Veteran writes to thank man who rescued him after he fell into lake

To the Editor:

I want to give thanks to the young man who helped me on March 25 at Miller Springs Park. I lost my balance and fell backwards into the lake; half my body was in the water, the other half on the bank.

I was trying to stay afloat. I also tried to sit up at an uphill angle. I was in pain from an internal hernia operation that was performed at the V.A. in 2014.

A young man sitting nearby asked me if I needed help, to which I said, “Yes, please.”

The water was cold and I started to panic. I am glad that young man was nearby. I was in shock afterward and I forgot to thank him.

I suffer from PTSD, depression and anxiety. Since I had a mini stroke on the left side of my brain, my speech, my memory and balance have been affected. No one can tell me when it happened or why.

I fish off the bank because I had an incident last year. I own a kayak that capsized after I lost my balance.

I am a vet of more than 20 years of service to our nation. I served proudly. Fishing is serenity to me.

Juan Moreno Olivera

retired staff sergeant


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