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A Belvoir, North Carolina (N.C.) family is mourning the death of a man killed while saving the life of his son Sunday afternoon on Father’s Day. William “Bud” Green, 46, and 12 other members of his family where playing on a sandbar located about 1 mile east of Port Terminal Road, when a section of a decayed tree snapped and fell toward part of the group.

The man everyone calls Bud pushed his 4-year-old son out of the way but was hit by the log, which a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officer estimated to be about 10 feet long and 8-10 inches thick. Family members pulled “Bud” from the water, used cell phones to call for help and transported him to a boat ramp at Hardee’s Creek and Port Terminal Road, off N.C. 33 east.

Greenville-Fire Rescue transported "Bud" Green to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he was declared dead. According to eye witnesses the log glanced off the little boy’s shoulder, leaving several scratches, leaving only the memory of his Dad’s last heroic actions that quite possibly saved his life. The family was holding a Father’s Day celebration at Twin Lakes camp site in Chocowinity.

This tragic accident happened without warning and if it were not for Bud Green’s heroic efforts two lives instead of one could have been lost that fateful day. As with any outdoor recreation it is crucial to be observant for any unsafe characteristics of terrain or other possible dangers. When boating along rivers always pay close attention to weather patterns, changes in river currents, and for any low hanging branches or roots along the river’s banks.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard injury law blog as a pro bono service to consumers. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY, who handle car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more.


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