Sunday, August 31, 2014

Donnie Bragg: Southern Poly grad killed in skydiving accident

Donnie Bragg, a 27-year-old father and Southern Poly grad, died in a skydiving accident 


Channel 2 Action News spoke to the family and friends of a local father who died in a skydiving accident over the weekend.

Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant spent Monday crisscrossing north Georgia speaking with those who knew, loved and respected Marietta resident Donnie Bragg.

People at Dive the Farm outside Rockmart say Bragg had more than 300 jumps under his belt.

"He was into so many different things. For a 27-year-old, he had accomplished so much," said his girlfriend Brooke Teague.

Teague said she wasn't quite ready to appear on camera, but did want people to know the Donnie she knew.

"He was confident in every single thing he did – that was Donnie. He grabbed life by the horns," she said.

His life ended when he and surviving jumper Tracy Sutherland, who both worked for Dive the Farm, collided at 13,000 feet.

"Both of them became unconscious. Both of them had good functioning parachutes when at that point, but after that we're not exactly sure," said instructor Steve Haseman.

Haseman is one of many now working to put all the pieces together.

"Folks need to know that we do everything we can to be safe, accidents happen no matter what we're doing," he said.

Bragg, a recent graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University, leaves behind his 1-month-old son Rowan, while Teague takes comfort knowing her boyfriend died doing something he loved

"So even if I don't know the exact details, I still find closure in him passing,” she said.

Sutherland suffered several broken bones and is recovering a hospital in Rome.

Donnie Bragg

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