Marine dies rescuing ORU trustee's daughter from air crash

Five youth workers were en route to Iowa youth crusade; Ministry founder Ron Luce's daughter Hannah is sole survivor

U.S. Marine Sgt. Austin Anderson made the ultimate sacrifice, pulling a friend from a fiery plane crash. 

Hannah Luce, 22, the daughter of an Oral Roberts University trustee, cannot yet speak due to her injuries, but has repeatedly written "Austin saved me! Austin saved me!" according to family. She was pulled from the wreckage of a crashed small aircraft by the former U.S. Marine sergeant who suffered burns over 90 percent of his body, then helped her wave down help along a highway.

Three others were killed in the crash, and Anderson, who had recently returned from two tours in Iraq, died after being airlifted to a Wichita, Kansas, hospital.

Austin Anderson

The five had been on their way to an Iowa youth crusade.


Hannah Luce, 22, was critically injured and admitted to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She is the daughter of ORU trustee Ron Luce, the founder of Teen Mania Ministries, which was conducting this weekend’s “Acquire the Fire” rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Annually, more than 100,000 teenagers spend weekends at the ministry’s events. The Iowa crusade was part of the “Normal’s Not Enough Tour” in 25 cities.

In a statement to the press, Teen Mania founder Luce asked for prayers for the families of those killed: pilot Luke Sheets, 23, of Ephraim, Wis.; and former  Austin Anderson, 27, of Ringwood, Okla.; Garrett Coble, 29, of Tulsa, Okla.; and Stephen Luth, 22, of Muscatine, Iowa.

Coble was a professor at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Okla., and had served on 15 Global Expeditions missions trips for the youth outreach. 

Hannah Luce

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Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
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