21-year-old man from Thibodaux region honored posthumously for giving his life to save others

THIBODAUX, La. (WGNO) — It was a packed house at the Thibodaux Country Club on Tuesday afternoon as dozens of people came out to celebrate and honor the life of 21-year-old Layne Gravois.

“He was the friend everyone wanted, a friend everyone needed, and he was a friend everyone remembers especially now,” said Lenny Gravois, Layne’s father.

Gravois died in April last year while trying to save children in a rip current in Miramar, Florida. He did not know the children for whom he had given his life, but they survived.

“It’s one thing when someone jumps in on behalf of a family member or a loved one, a friend, but when someone jumps into the waters and it’s just to try to save people they’ve never even met, I mean, it’s just completely selfless,” Louisiana State Rep. Beryl Amedee said.

Those who knew Gravois say that’s how he lived: a selfless, intelligent, caring young man who would do anything for anyone. The Gravois family accepted the Carnegie Hero Award on Layne’s behalf, although they say if he were here he wouldn’t want the recognition.

“He would probably say he didn’t deserve it, because that’s how humble he was,” Gravois said.

While the Gravois family say the loss of their eldest child was the saddest day of their lives, they also say it was the proudest, and they want everyone who knew their son to live like Layne.

“Daddy misses you, but Daddy is proud of you and Daddy will do everything in his power to make sure no one forgets you,” Gravois said.


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