Photographs began circulating online after Alabama’s U.S. Sen. Katie Britt and her husband Wesley were seen aiding an injured athlete at a track meet in Montgomery.
Melissa McCord Amos, who was watching the event, took pictures of the Britts and wrote on Facebook about their quick action to assist the fallen long-jumper.
“As we stood there watching our kids compete in a track meet, she with her camera ready to video her son, this young man was injured in the long jump and began yelling in agony,” McCord Amos wrote.
“She didn’t stand around and watch from a distance. She leapt into action… literally scaling the fence and running to his side. She began comforting him, praying over him, and demanded he be helped as others just stood in shock. She sat with him, even after her own kid ran, and refused to leave him until she got him safely to a hospital transport.”
The Britt family was at the Montgomery event to cheer on their son Ridgeway who was an athlete on the opposing school team.
The LAMP coach Roger Burdette was unaware of who had aided his team member but later commented on social media about the incident.
“I am the LAMP coach. I did not know who picked up my athlete, but thank you, Wesley,” Burdette wrote. “That happened while I was gathering the young man’s belongings. Also, Katie called me this morning at the school to check up on the young man. Appreciate the follow up.”
Britt’s spouse Wesley a former University of Alabama and New England Patriots football player carried the young man off the field and placed him in a vehicle for transport to a nearby hospital, where he is expected to recover fully.