Dad dies saving sons from the torrent in Florida
A Chicago area newspaper manager reportedly died after jumping into turbulent waters on a Florida beach to rescue his sons after they were trapped in a current.
Pete Rosengren, 42, an advertising executive with the Daily Herald newspaper, was vacationing in the Gulf of Mexico with his wife and three sons when tragedy struck on Sunday, the Herald said in a report this week.
“It all happened so quickly,” his wife Maura told the point of sale. “We were only there for a few minutes. The children immediately ran into the water. “
The family had gone with three other families from their home in Batavia, Illinois, to a beach vacation at Miramar Beach – with the Rosengrens to celebrate their 18th birthday on Monday.
Florida beach was open but with a double red flag indicating the water was closed due to turbulence – but the boys ran in anyway.
The boys, ages 7, 12, and 14, and their friends got into trouble immediately.
When Rosengren saw the boys fighting, he jumped in to save them. He grabbed his sons 9-year-old friend and gave it to adults who went into the water.
Rosengren and lifeguards, rushing to the scene from the nearest tower half a mile, were able to rid all the children of the dangerous tides.
Lifeguards performed CPR on Rosengren on the beach before he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said a coroner’s autopsy will determine whether he died of drowning or a heart attack.
“That was Pete. Such a hero, ”longtime friend Joe Shaker told the Herald. “He gave you everything he could. There is no person who does not have a Pete Rosengren story. “
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