UC Davis medical student and naval vet dies after rescuing others in American River

Family, classmates and professors mourn the death of 30-year-old UC Davis medical student Joshua Brandon Crane. The five-year navy veteran disappeared under water on Friday during a social event he organized for his medical school colleagues. “He saw some women in need in the San Juan Rapids,” his sister Jessica Crane told KCRA 3. “No hesitation, he jumped off his board and he got in the water and got them out.” Sacramento Metro Fire and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office found his body in the American River on Saturday. “He was a hero in every sense of the word,” his sister said. “He was a hero to a lot of people, everyone sees him that way. He’s my greatest hero.” Crane was born in Chico and grew up with his sister by their single mother. Their father died 29 years ago on Monday. He attended Chico High School and then enlisted in the Navy at age 18. He served for five years and was stationed at Camp Pendleton and in Okinawa, Japan. When he returned, he enrolled in Chico State for undergraduate classes, dreaming of going to medical school. “He was waiting for Davis,” his sister said. “That was the big one.” Fast forward to this summer, Joshua was a fourth-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The associate dean of students, Dr. Sharad Jain, told KCRA 3 that he was working on a residency in internal medicine. He dreamed of doing the same at UC Davis. During his time in medical school, Dr. Jain that Joshua volunteered with people who were homeless, refugees new to the Sacramento area, and vulnerable and marginalized communities. dr. Jain and Joshua met on Thursday, the day before he disappeared under the American River. The two had a special bond. “We talked about his hopes, his dreams and his ideas for a future career,” he reflected. “I felt like he was in a really good place at the time, so I think that made this loss even more tragic.” At this time, the medical school is working with Joshua’s family to arrange a memorial service. His classmates have a GoFundMe to help his family in the meantime. If you want to help, click here.

Family, classmates and professors mourn the death of 30-year-old UC Davis medical student Joshua Brandon Crane.

The five-year navy veteran disappeared under water on Friday during a social event he organized for his medical school colleagues.

“He saw some women in need in the San Juan Rapids,” his sister Jessica Crane told KCRA 3. “No hesitation, he jumped off his board and he got in the water and got them out.”

Sacramento Metro Fire and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office found his body in the American River on Saturday.

“He was a hero in every sense of the word,” his sister said. “He was a hero to a lot of people, everyone sees him that way. He’s my greatest hero.”

Crane was born in Chico and grew up with his sister by their single mother.

Their father died 29 years ago on Monday.

He attended Chico High School and then enlisted in the Navy at age 18.

He served for five years and was stationed at Camp Pendleton and in Okinawa, Japan.

When he returned, he enrolled in Chico State for undergraduate classes, dreaming of going to medical school.

“He was waiting for Davis,” his sister said. “That was the big one.”

Fast forward to this summer, Joshua was a fourth-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

The associate dean of students, Dr. Sharad Jain, told KCRA 3 that he was working on a residency in internal medicine. He dreamed of doing the same at UC Davis.

UC Davis School of Medicine

During his time in medical school, Dr. Jain that Joshua volunteered with people who were homeless, refugees new to the Sacramento area, and vulnerable and marginalized communities.

dr. Jain and Joshua met on Thursday, the day before he disappeared under the American River. The two had a special bond.

“We talked about his hopes, his dreams and his ideas for a future career,” he reflected. “I felt like he was in a really good place at the time, so I think that made this loss even more tragic.”

At this time, the medical school is working with Joshua’s family to arrange a memorial service.

His classmates have put together a GoFundMe to help his family in the meantime. If you want to help, click here.

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