An unexpected miracle — Mother of drowning victim Jacob Krebs shares how he lives on, helps warriors through the ultimate gift of life


'STOMPER' — Krebs, a member of Harper High School's Class of 2013, loved participated as the Longhorns' mascot.

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Jacob Krebs, the 18-year-old who died last month after a drowning incident in Freder-icksburg, lives on.

His last gesture of generosity — his gift of organs and tissues — has saved numerous lives and affected an untold number of people all in the past month.

“God is allowing Jacob to live on in other people and that is our saving grace,” said Mary Krebs, of how she and her husband, William, are coping in these days following the loss of their only son and how they are relying on the strength of their faith to help their 13-year-old daughter, Julie, through their loss.

Jacob, a senior at Harper High School (HHS,) was a child of direction, discipline and devotion.

From the time he was young, Jacob knew he wanted to be a United States Navy SEAL, Mary said. “As soon as he turned 17 and got our permission, we went down and signed the papers,” she said.

“He was technically enlisted and he was to ship out in June in the U.S. Navy” just two weeks after crossing the stage with his fellow HHS Class of 2013.

“He wanted to be a SEAL more than anything,” he said. “We always told him, ‘You do what you love and you love what you do and I support you in what you do.’,” she said.

In the hopes of training for a SEAL contract, Jacob had been undergoing the PST (Physical Screening Test) portion of the process, which involved swimming, running, push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups.

The idea is to set a benchmark and then try to surpass it each time. SEAL candidates can compare their numbers with others online to see how they lined up.

Jacob, a two-time UIL state cross country runner, loved to run and stay physically fit. “He was determined to get his SEAL contract. He was an over-achiever. Any chance he got, he wanted to go to the (Hill Country Memorial) Wellness Center and swim,” Mary said.

Part of the physical training in the swimming portion was to learn how to hold his breath. “That was my biggest fear – that he would drown,” she added.

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