What started as a family camping trip turned into a tragic tale of loss and heroism for one of mixed martial arts’ own.
Dr. Alex Constantinides has been a ringside physician and active in the mixed martial arts community, primarily in Colorado, for several years.
He, his wife, and their three adopted daughters were on a camping trip recently in Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. They were evacuated from their campsite when heavy rains poured down in the area.
As they drove away, their van plunged into a nine-foot-deep chasm in the road and into a rising creek. Alex’s wife, Laurel Constantinides, and their daughters, Hannah, 8, Zoey, 5, and Lucia, 2, did not survive.
Somehow, Constantinides escaped the raging waters.
Making his way back up the creek, Constantinides came across Saratoga, Wyo., mayor John Zeiger, whose truck fell into the same chasm in the road, landing in the creek.
Constantinides, just shortly after losing his own family, pulled Zeiger out of the truck to safety, likely saving his life.
The Colorado MMA community has rallied around Constantinides, who remains in Wyoming with family.
“I am surrounded by family and friends. I am safe. Your prayers are felt and appreciated. Please continue to pray for my four angles that they find peace in God’s presence,” Constantinides told J.R. Gordon of MMABuzz.com. “My babies are with their momma, pure love.
“There will be a funeral in Wheatland, Wyoming Monday and a memorial in Colorado springs Wednesday.”
On Facebook, please see the event, “Funeral Services For Laurel Constantinides, Hannah, Zoe, Lucy.” A PayPal account is setup for the Constantinides family.
Please make donations for the memorial through www.fighttowinmma.com, www.nmefighting.com, www.rmbbmma.com or www.MMABuzz.com. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and all Wells Fargo banks are taking donations for, “The Constantinides Family Memorial.”
Additionally, fighters Shane Carwin, Brendan Schaub, Duane Ludwig, and Eliot Marshall will be signing autographs and providing photo opportunities for donations at Saturday’s Fight To Win “Invaders” event at the National Westerm Complex in Denver. Nate Marquardt will have autographed items available as well.
Click here to read more about Dr. Alex, his family, and his contributions to mixed martial arts.