Vigil Held For Man Who Tried To Save 5 Year Old
Those who knew him best say Edward Whitfield -- better known as "P-Nut" -- was a family man, someone who always put others first.
"He was a family man," said his friend, Seth LaBarge.
"Anything you wanted or needed, you had." LaBarge said. "If he had it, you had it. He'd give you the shirt off his back if he had to."
With flowers and personalized t-shirts, loved ones remembered Whitfield with a candlelight vigil on the Black River in Watertown.
Whitfield went missing when he jumped in the water to try to save 5 year old Zachary Finley from drowning.
Whitfield's brother, who hasn't seen him in over 40 years, came all the way from Westchester for the memorial.
He say's he'll never forget his brother and wants everyone to remember one thing.
"I tell everybody, if you got family members, make sure you stay in touch with them, because you never know when you're going to be here, or when they're going to leave," he said, "and it hurts."
Family and friends say Whitfield loved kids and they couldn't be prouder of him for risking his life to try to save one.
To them, he's a hero.
"He'll always be my hero," his girlfriend, July Towsley, said. Since the day I met him, all the way up until the day we find him."
"He will always be my hero," she said.
Although Whitfield had his share of tough times -- including spending three years in prison -- loved ones say what he did was admirable.
He put his life on the line to try to save a little boy -- a boy he had only known for a couple weeks.
They say that's how he'll be remembered.
Monday, September 1, 2014, Watertown, NY
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