Skip to comments.Alabama swimmer John Servati killed by tornado
Posted on 04/29/2014 5:26:56 PM PDT by SonnyBubba
University of Alabama officials confirmed the death of John Servanti, a member of the schools swimming and diving team, Tuesday morning. Servati, 21, was killed Monday night during the violent storms and tornadoes that swept through the Tuscaloosa area. He died at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa after being injured in the basement of a house near campus, according to the teams statement. I understand that he was in a house off-campus and was hit by a retaining wall, school spokesman Shane Dorrill said (via ESPN). I dont know how it happened. I do know he was with his girlfriend and she is uninjured. In a AL.com report, Megan Brantley, a spokesperson for the city of Tuscaloosa, said a then-unidentified 21-year-old man was killed when attempting to hold up a wall when it collapsed on him. Alabama swimmer Anna Rae Gwarjanski tweeted that Servati was a hero, because his actions allowed his girlfriend to escape injured.
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RIP young man. Died a hero.
So very sad.
Condolences to his family, and to all who have lost loved ones in these terrible storms.
My roommate in college was almost killed by scotch bottles. Well, by the scotch in the bottles.
The man gave his life for his friend,,how about we leave it at that.
Roll Tide. </sniff>
I got a kid there now.
These people need to understand a warning means get underground.
Sounds like he was shielding her.
Doesn’t make much sense, a basement retaining wall collapsing upon him implies a seriously damaged structure. The photo at the link shows an older, Craftsman-style house in good repair with no apparent damage, clean green yard free of debris, trees standing with foliage, not stripped.