Most people know Patrick Ireland as "The Boy In The Window," the injured high school student who was pulled to safety through a window of Columbine High School back in 1999. Ireland was shot three times during the rampage, twice in the head and once in the foot. With his right side paralyzed, he crawled across the library floor for more than three hours, losing consciousness repeatedly, before reaching the window.
For some time, it was unclear whether Patrick would survive. During his long recovery, he relearned how to read, write and walk. Despite the countless hours of rehab, Ireland graduated valedictorian from Columbine the following year and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University.
Today, at the age of 31, he is married to college sweetheart, Kacie, and the couple has a two-year old daughter. He has also found professional success in the financial services industry as a managing director and financial representative at Northwestern Mutual in Broomfield, Colo.
Despite the adversity he has faced, Ireland says he has chosen to be a victor rather than a victim. "At the end of the day,” he says, “we make our own destiny.”
For more on Patrick Ireland, be sure to read Corey Dahl's feature on our sister site, LifeHealthPro.
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