Their first parachute opened, but only partially -- and their reserve chute just got tangled-up with the first one.
At 40 mph and 500 feet from the ground, Hartsock did the truly unimaginable. Just before crashing, he told Shirley to lift up her feet. He then pulled down the control toggles to rotate their position to put his body under hers to act as a cushion so that when they hit, he would take the brunt of the fall.
Hartsock didn't die, but his valor cost him dearly. He's now paralyzed with just a little movement in his right arm.
what a man