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Local sailor uses survival story to help others

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Updated: 10/28/2013 11:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local sailor is marking the anniversary of when he was shot helping a complete stranger.

Now he's using that experience to help our entire community.

In the parking lot of a Southside apartment complex, Brett Parks heard a robbery unfolding. Without hesitation, he jumped in to help. He was shot that day. A year later, he has no regrets.

It's been a year of extreme pain and fear. After initially evaluating his injuries, doctors didn't think he stood a chance.

He lost his leg but not his life. Last week, his family marked the first anniversary of the day that changed their lives.

"We got a cake, a birthday cake, and we put on there 'happy re-birthday,'" Parks said.

Recovery has been a long road.

Parks has put together several videos to share his story. And he started a non-profit called Second Shot Ministry. He speaks to school kids and churches, letting them know tragedy doesn't have to end your life.

"It just came to me in my head after this incident. I was like, 'You know what? People need to know that there is hope,'" he said.

On top of all that, Brett put pen to paper and wrote a book. Right now he's shopping it around to be published. While life will never be the same, he has never regretted stepping in and helping that stranger.

"Doing the right thing is always worth it. No matter the consequence," he said.

Parks has traveled to several cities, even out of state, speaking at schools and churches.

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