A police officer has been killed in Mississippi while desperately protecting his young daughter from one of the deadly storms ripping through America’s south.
Lieutenant Wade Sharp, 40, was on a camping trip with his nine-year-old daughter when the tornado struck. And he bravely threw himself on top of her to shield her from a falling tree.
Devastatingly Wade, 40, was killed instantly by a tumbling sweetgum tree that tore through their tent and struck him on the back of his head. But, his daughter miraculously survived to tell the tale of her dad’s heroism.
It wasn’t Wade’s first act of bravery. The lieutenant from Covington, in neighboring Louisiana, had been decorated several times, and saved lives on two previous occasions.
“He was a hero all the way through his whole career, and was a hero to the end,” Covington Police Chief Richard Pamisano tells the Times-Picayune newspaper.
His daughter, whose name has not been released, escaped unhurt.
Nearly 200 people have been killed by a string of tornados wreaking havoc across America’s southern states.
– Ian Garland
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