Married father of three, 42, dies rescuing children trapped in electric shock on Florida beach

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Married father of three, 42, dies saving his sons and friend’s child, nine, after being caught on a Florida beach

  • Pete Rosengren, 42, rushed into the waters of the Gulf on Sunday to help the kids
  • The newspaper’s sales clerk, who worked for the Daily Herald Media Group, was able to get the children to safety, but later died in hospital.
  • Rosengren, who lived in Batavia, Illinois, had visited Miramar Beach with his family and friends when the tragedy unfolded
  • The beach had a double red flag to prevent people from swimming in the water
  • But Pete’s wife Maura Rosengren told The Herald that the kids “ ran right into the water ” and got into trouble just minutes after arriving.
  • The couple celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday

A married father of three has died while rescuing children who were caught up on a family vacation on a Florida beach.

Pete Rosengren, 42, rushed into the Gulf Waters on Sunday to help his sons and a friend’s nine-year-old son after they got into trouble.

The newspaper’s sales clerk, who worked for the Daily Herald Media Group, was able to get the children to safety, but later died in hospital.

Rosengren, who lived with his family in Batavia, Illinois, was visiting Miramar Beach when the tragedy unfolded.

The beach had a double red flag to prevent people from swimming in the water.

David Vaughan, beach safety director for South Walton Fire District on Miramar Beach, said, “They were in a power surge and Pete went out to save them.”

Pete Rosengren, 42, rushed into the Gulf Waters on Sunday to help his sons and his friend's nine-year-old son after they got into trouble.  He is depicted with his family

Pete Rosengren, 42, rushed into the Gulf Waters on Sunday to help his sons and his friend’s nine-year-old son after they got into trouble. He is depicted with his family

Rosengren, who lived with his family in Batavia, Illinois, was visiting Miramar Beach (stock) when the tragedy unfolded.  The beach had a double red flag to prevent people from swimming in the water

Rosengren, who lived with his family in Batavia, Illinois, was visiting Miramar Beach (stock) when the tragedy unfolded.  The beach had a double red flag to prevent people from swimming in the water

Rosengren, who lived with his family in Batavia, Illinois, was visiting Miramar Beach (stock) when the tragedy unfolded. The beach had a double red flag to prevent people from swimming in the water

Pete’s wife Maura Rosengren told me The Herald the children ‘immediately ran into the water’ and ran into problems a few minutes after their arrival.

It is unclear how many children were in the water.

She said, “It all happened so quickly. I ran to the water. We could see a little boy couldn’t get in and [Pete] went there. ‘

The couple had celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday with their sons Gavin, 14, Charlie, 12, and seven-year-old Grant.

Pete's wife Maura Rosengren said the kids 'ran straight into the water' and got into trouble just minutes after arriving

Pete's wife Maura Rosengren said the kids 'ran straight into the water' and got into trouble just minutes after arriving

The couple had celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday with their sons Gavin, 14, Charlie, 12, and seven-year-old Grant.

The couple had celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday with their sons Gavin, 14, Charlie, 12, and seven-year-old Grant.

Pete’s wife Maura Rosengren said the kids “ ran right into the water ” and got into trouble just minutes after arriving. The couple had celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday with their sons Gavin, 14, Charlie, 12, and seven-year-old Grant.

A GoFundMe set up to help the family has raised more than $ 93,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.  Joe Shaker called his friend 'a real hero'.  Pete is shown with his sons

A GoFundMe set up to help the family raised more than $ 93,000 on Wednesday afternoon.  Joe Shaker called his friend 'a real hero'.  Pete is shown with his sons

A GoFundMe set up to help the family raised more than $ 93,000 on Wednesday afternoon. Joe Shaker called his friend ‘a real hero’. Pete is shown with his sons

A GoFundMe founded to help the family, raised more than $ 93,000 Wednesday afternoon.

Joe Shaker called his friend “a real hero” and added, “The world needs more Petes to put others in the forefront.”

Shaker called Maura ‘the love of his life’ and related it WGN-TV: “His three boys meant everything to him.”

Scott Stone, president and chief operating officer of the Daily Herald Media Group, said: “Pete was always there for others – employees, colleagues, family and friends. That was his DNA. ‘

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