LAKE GEORGE, CO (CNN) -- They fight for our country, but a solider is calling a 12-year-old boy his hero. The soldier was kayaking in Lake George, Colorado when rough waters tipped him over. He soon realized he wasn't going to make it alone.
Words Staff Sergeant Wesley Patton never dreamed he'd think on 11-mile reservoir were, "I was fearing for my life."
He was kayaking Sunday when choppy waters flipped over his kayak. Adin Pruett and his dad were fishing nearby. Adin says, "I yelled to him are you okay? And he said uh yeah."
"Uh yeah" quickly turned into "uh oh". Patton says, "As it was filling with water, the boat was pulling me under."
Wesley was tangled in his nets and fishing gear and his kayak was sinking. Adin says, "I said, 'Are you still okay?' He said, 'No, I need help.'"
Adin started tossing anything in the boat to save him. He says, "I threw these, which also would help him because it's a life jacket."
A panicked Wesley made it to the edge of the boat. "We were pulling him up here, pulling him up and it was not easy," says Adin.
But it wasn't over yet. When he made it on board Wesley realized he was having an asthma attack.
Once the three got to shore, Adin jumped out of the boat and ran to Wesley's truck to get his inhaler so Wesley could start breathing normally again. Adin says, "I was going through my mind... nothing because I was in total shock!"
Next month Staff Sergeant Patton will be fighting to save others, but he'll always remember the brave boy who fought turbulent waters to save him. Adin says, "I'm just like, 'Woah! I just saved a guy's life!'" Patton says, "I live another day for him."