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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A man who sacrificed his life for a friend is being honored Friday. Memphian Andrew Svgdik died in a crash last week.

Officials in Chattanooga said he pushed a girl out of the way when a car crashed into him.

19-year-old Andrew Svgdik was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School.

Friends said he was a friend who could make everyone laugh. He had musical talent and was an encouraging teammate on the soccer field. It is certainly fitting that they honor him at the very place where he inspired them.

When you lose someone you love, it often makes you realize what really matters.

"If anybody ever needed help Andrew would be there," said coach Rogerio Lima.

When the Christian Brothers Community lost Andrew Svgdik, they came together.

For some it is comforting to know that he was killed saving someone's life.

Last week Svgdik was walking across a street with his girlfriend in Chattanooga. When he saw a car headed towards them. He pushed his girlfriend out of the way which killed him.

Now a lot of people including friends, classmates and former soccer teammates are helping him leave a legacy.

First by organizing a fundraiser at Friday's soccer games, and taking donations at the entrance to help his family pay for funeral costs.

They plan to eventually start a scholarship fund.

"We had the concert planned a long time ago. And I thought maybe we can play a benefit concert for him," said former classmate Chris Pietrangelo

Pietrangelo and his band will be playing on the New Daisy stage in his honor, and also taking donations for the cause.

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