Photo courtesy of The Hall Family.
LAND O' LAKES, Fla.- Greg Hall says he's always been proud of his father, but one day after his father's death while saving a small child's life, there are hardly words to describe how he feels.
"To us he was always our hero... he was our dad," said Hall of his father. "It's just weird other people are thinking of him as something we've just always taken for granted because we've seen it all our lives."
Greg's dad Alan, a 65-year-old retiree from Connecticut, was enjoying a gorgeous Easter Sunday on Honeymoon Island when he came across a family in distress.
"A husband and wife started screaming their children were in trouble. The husband and wife each went out there and grabbed one of their kids but there was still a third one in the water," said Hall. "He saw that and just immediately jumped in the water."
According to witnesses Alan managed to push that small girl out of the strong tidal current before becoming stuck himself. By the time a jet skier got to him, it was too late.
"With him trying to get out of the rip tide, it was just too strong," said Hall.
Tonight his family is mourning the loss of who they, and many others consider a hero.
"He knew someone needed help and to give that chance a girl to live and to live her life, I know meant everything to him," Greg said.
The child's family visited Alan's wife and daughter at the hospital.
"Oh it meant everything... just to know what he did and to see the little girl. I don't think you could put words on it."
And while Alan's family says he will be missed forever, they're quite sure the "Hero of Honeymoon Island" would do it all over again.
"My dad would be there telling them, don't feel bad. I wanted to do this. And he would have done it for anybody."
Beau Zimmer, 10 News