It is a great pleasure to write this article about the girlfriend and fiancé of a great man, a hero, a kind man who is already miss by many but will never be forgotten, certainly I am talking about Austin Anderson who despite having burns to the 90% of his body he saved Hannah Luce’s life. Austin is survived by his beloved family and his wonderful girlfriend Elizabeth Thaxton.
27 year-old Austin Anderson recently graduated from Oral Roberts University, he went to Ringwood High School in Oklahoma and served with the Marines, Austin was one of the passenger aboard the Cessna 401 that crash in Kansas last week along his friends Hannah Luce, Stephen Luth, Garrett Coble and Luke Sheets. Luke, Garrett and Stephen died on the plane that engulfed in flames, Austin suffered burn to the 890% of his body but even so he grabbed Hannah out of the plane and together they walked to the road for help. Austin was airlifted to a hospital in Wichita where at approximately 5:30 he succumbed to his injuries, but his sacrifice was not in vain Hannah is alive and his courage and love for others is a great lesson and an inspiration to many people.
Austin was engaged to Elizabeth Thaxton who was also going to Council Bluffs, but she decided not to fly but drive, Elizabeth was able to see Austin for the last time.
“When she finally got to the hospital, she wasn’t able to recognize him,” Crawford said. “She was afraid to even give him a kiss because she didn’t want to hurt him.”
Elizabeth posted a beautiful, emotional message about her beloved fiancée..
Austin Anderson was born with an immense purpose and calling over his life. My fiance’s life and passing was not in vain and his purpose and calling on this side of Heaven is not over. His words and actions will forever continue to inspire and drive others to seek a deeper understanding of their own purpose and their own faith.
Austin was and is a man that at the end of day always asked himself, “Was I efficient today? Was I effective? What did I accomplish? Who did I help? How was I impactful? What could I have done better” How can I be better?” and one of his last thoughts was always, always, always “I have to be better. I have to get better.”
“Every man dies, but not every man truly lives,” is one of Austin’s favorite movie lines. Austin lived for every moment of every day and Austin truly lived as we should all strive to live. He will never be completely gone from us because of how he lived and the great testimony of his life will forever be with all of us. He was a Man of God that has truly lived and will forever live in our hearts and memories.
Austin has not died nor perished, but has moved to a new Home.
Elizabeth Thaxton from Minnetonka, Minnesota she went to El-Shaddia and graduated in 2010. Ms. Thaxton is currently pursuing a masters degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts university.
On May 2010 Elizabeth served as a sales associate at Club Monaco a year later she was a sales associate at Michael Kors as well as is a gymnastics coach at Aim High Academy. Her interests are Marketing, digital photography, retail, social media, learning, sales and blogging which remains me she own an amazing blog which you can visit here.
Elizabeth also wrote this beautiful message.
Austin, you have been the biggest joy in my life and you will forever hold a special place in my heart. You have impacted my life and the lives of others in ways that no words can describe. I have never met anyone more passionate and more caring for life and for the lives of others. I am so thankful, honored and truly blessed to have known you. Like you always said, “Glad you got to see me.”
You have forever changed my life and for that I am grateful. I love you with my whole heart. We never got the chance to build our lives together and take on the world as we always planned, but I will never regret the time spent with each other and the memories we made that I will forever cherish. You always told me that I made you a better person, but I know that I am the one that has been made a better person.
You are a miracle and a hero. I love you so much and this is not a goodbye, but “I’ll see you later.”