A North Texas man drowned while saving a young child at Lake Ray Roberts on Saturday.
Authorities were called to the Isle du Bois beach around 1:15 p.m. after a man was reported going underwater.
Game Warden Darla Barr told the Denton Record-Chronicle that the man had helped get a child onto a flotation device but was unable to get on it himself. After the child made it to shore, bystanders couldn't find the man.
Just after 4:30 p.m., rescuers with the Lewisville Fire Department's dive team pulled the body of 25-year-old Brandyn Mitchell from water that was about 6 feet deep.
Friends and loved ones took to social media to mourn Mitchell, a Valley View resident who served in the Army Reserve. His Instagram profile included the hashtag #proudfather, and his Facebook page showed that he he was interested in snakes, with pictures of him holding a variety of pythons.
The mother of two of his children, Asia Platt, wrote on Facebook that she was at a loss after learning of Mitchell's death. But the man she still considered one of her best friends died helping someone else, she said.
"You went out a hero, saving the life of someone you cared about," she said. "That is the greatest gift one could receive."
Quitin Sparkmon, a childhood friend from West Memphis, Ark., tweeted that he lost a brother and teammate in Mitchell.
"Show your family love whenever you can," he wrote. "Don't wait because it might be too late."
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.