Mike Perdue of Michigan, died using his body to cushion and shield his 11 year old daughter Lanley during a plane crash. The hero dad grabbed and held her body tight in a bear hug to protect her during impact.
The young girl was the sole survivor of the plane crash that left 4 others dead. She credits her father’s tight embrace for saving her life.
His wife, Christie Perdue, told ABC that, “Laney told me in the hospital that her last memory is that dad just grabbed her and held her really, really tight, and in my heart I know that protected her.”
Speaking to CNN, she stated that they originally planned to allow their daughter to fly alone that day to visit her friends on the island, but then her father decided that he should accompany her after all.
“He loves so deeply, and he showed people that love,” she said of her husband. “He was just an amazing human being and we’ll spend the rest of our life just honoring his memory.”