SAN ANGELO, TX — "On the fourth of July me and some friends went out on the boat we were going to watch the fireworks from the boat," said Jeremy Armenta.

"Jeremy is the kind of guy who will help anybody out," said Armenta’s friend Josh Rodgers.

"And we were pulling up to the bank and somehow, I got sucked under and the prop got me," said Armenta.

"He'd give the shirt off his back to anybody," said Rodgers.

"One of the first things that I thought was that this was it I even told one of the guys tell my parents I love them and they said don’t worry man don’t talk like that just hang on,” said Armentas. “And then I would pass out again and I was aware of what was going on but the details aren’t all there," said Armenta.

"Three of my good friends that were there saved my life they were quick to get a tunicate get the emergency people there and I owe them that they saved my life.”

"They were really surprised at how much blood I didn’t lose due to the actions of my friends."

"They did 3 surgeries to get me better and then I went to Abilene to get inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation center and they did phenomenal for me.

“They just really took good care of me gave me all the tools I needed so when I got back here in town and start living life normal again I would have the tools I need."

"Now I’m doing quite well I’ve got a shroud of family and friends around me that are taking real good care of me helping me out, getting the benefit together I couldn’t be more thankful."

"I know there’s going to be a lifetime of expenses changes and changes and I thought it would be nice to try to help and give him a leg up,” said Rodgers.

“Of course we want to raise as much money as we can so we can get him started right with all his medical bills and the long road ahead of him"

"The hope is to bring people together in celebration that Jeremy is with us still."

"I feel positive about things I start prosthetics tomorrow," said Armenta.

"He was pretty quick with the jokes about the accident and he’s got a great sense of humor and a will to live and a will to go forth and do the best that he can do in this world,” said Rodgers.

"So I’m excited for that and I’m ready to get back to work and lead as much of a normal time as I can with what I’ve got to work with," said Armenta.

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