Though rare, alligator attacks are both horrifying and often deadly. When a woman found herself in that unfortunate situation, someone saved her and is now being honored as the hero he is.
Brian McCarter, formerly of Okatie, South Carolina, received a Carnegie Medal for his heroic deed. The medal is awarded to those “who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others,” Bluffton Today reports. McCarter saved his neighbor Carol Delillo from an alligator attack after it dragged her into a pond.
Back in July of 2020, McCarter was in his backyard when he saw DeLillo in an 8-foot-deep pond. DeLillo called out for help as an alligator dragged her into the water. Wasting no time, McCarter jumped into the pond to pull her out. Initially unable to do so, he, fortunately, succeeded after the alligator pulled them both under.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission (CHFC) stated DeLillo “underwent multiple surgeries but regained the ability to walk with a cane.” Miraculously, McCarter walked away unscathed from the incident.
Upon learning he’d receive the award, McCarter expressed humility and gratitude. “It’s a great honor,” he said. “I never wanted anything for what happened. I just saw some woman in the water and had to act.” He then said, “I couldn’t just stand there and watch someone drown.” McCarter also disclosed his children were with him that day. Though he had a lot racing through his mind, he had to make sure everyone was safe.
Eric Zahren, the CHFC president, said despite observing extraordinary moments of heroism, this one stands out because McCarter didn’t know about the alligator at first. Zehren noted McCarter not hesitating and that he’s a true hero.
Florida Suggests Allowing Alligator Hunting Throughout the Entire Year
On the subject of alligators, no state seems to yield more news about them than Florida. Just last month, the state actually proposed allowing alligator hunting for the entire year.
Hunting seasons around the country are regularly scheduled and some only last a brief amount of time. For example, during the Florida alligator season, you can only harvest them at night. Fox News reports that may be a thing of the past though, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife proposing a change. The suggested change would open hunting up 24 hours a day.
As of now, opinions are mixed. Some advocate it due to hectic schedules and being unable to currently hunt at night. Naturally, doing so in the daytime increases visibility and grants additional safety.
Nonetheless, the suggestion does have its downsides. Opponents say daytime hunting may lead to spoilage, which is a valid concern. With more people available to do so during the day, alligator numbers may drop below comfortable numbers.