TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – We are learning more about a storm-related death in Tuscaloosa.
Our news partner Al.com reports 21-year-old John Servati died late Monday. He was originally from Tupelo, Mississippi and a junior of the University of Alabama swim team.
A Tuscaloosa spokesperson says Servati died after a retaining wall collapsed in the basement of his residence on 22nd Avenue. He died at DCH Regional Medical Center, according to The Crimson White, the student newspaper.
A fellow swim team member says Servati held up a concrete wall long enough for his girlfriend to escape.
His swim coach described him as a man of great character and a giving spirit.
His teammate Anna Rae Gwarjanski described him as a hero.
John's mom told our team this morning he always wanted to be an Alabama swimmer, and he always wanted to be a hero. He accomplished both.—
Anna Rae Gwarjanski (@annaraeoflight) April 29, 2014