Teen who died trying to save drowning driver honored at 5K in Davie

A 5K walk was held in Davie on Sunday morning to honor a young man who died while attempted to save a driver who crashed into a lake.

DAVIE, Fla. – A South Florida community came together on Sunday morning to remember the life and bravery of a local teenager.

In April this year, 17-year-old Aden Perry was walking with his mom in their neighborhood when a car crashed into a lake.

Perry selflessly ran into the lake to help save that driver, but both tragically drowned.

Now his family has put together a foundation in his name called The Aden Perry Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund and they are doing an annual 5K to raise money and collect supplies to help other kids succeed in their educational journeys.

Perry’s family was at the event at Visa View Park.

His father, who was a firefighter, was actually rescue diver for years.

He spoke about that and about what kind of person his son was.

“He died trying to save someone that was drowning in a car,” said Alan Perry. “The fire truck behind me, I was on it for many, many years as a rescue diver and I tried to do the same thing he did, and I’m very proud of him.”

Perry’s last selfless act was to try and save someone, and his memory will be honored annually thanks to this special event.

His family has also set up a GoFundMe page that will provide scholarships to students interested in medicine or science.

For more information, please contact Sarah Perry, Aden’s mother, at 954-348-2064.

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