HOUSTON – Angela Morel Graham knows nothing could bring the love of her life back, but as she grieves and makes funeral arrangements, she’s hoping her pain can spread awareness about rip currents and possibly save someone else’s life.
For Graham, her husband, Joshua, and their three sons, Saturday was set aside to celebrate their oldest son’s 13th birthday at Surfside Beach. A place they’d visit every two weeks.
”The day started with cake, and happy birthday, before we headed to the beach,” Graham said. “We all enjoyed it, it was always just a place of us having fun.“
But this time, a rip current changed their lives forever.
In a selfless act, the 42-year-old father jumped in to save his two sons from being pulled away by the fierce waters.
”I started panicking and yelling,” Graham said.
Nearby, Navy Veteran Rodney Sanders was one of several people who jumped in the water to help.