The Commercial Appeal

Good Samaritan dies of injury

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ROCKMART — A Georgia man who was paralyzed after diving into a creek to save a 4-year- old girl has died after nearly three weeks in a hospital.

Officials confirmed Friday Michael Patterson, 43, died from complicati­ons resulting from his injury.

Patterson was hailed as a hero after authoritie­s said he saved a girl from drowning in Euharlee Creek on June 8.

Authoritie­s say Patterson managed to pull the girl unharmed from the water, but struck his head during the dive and was paralyzed.

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 ?? JOE BURBANK / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Jonathan Good, a neighbor who witnessed part of the confrontat­ion between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, testifies during the 15th day of Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., Friday.
JOE BURBANK / ASSOCIATED PRESS Jonathan Good, a neighbor who witnessed part of the confrontat­ion between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, testifies during the 15th day of Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., Friday.

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