The 45-year-old father of four children, who died while saving the lives of two of them has been identified.
Nate Davenport died after trying to save his children from electrical shock from a Florida shopping plaza water fountain on Sunday.
While spending the day boating with his wife and two of his children they tied up at the Harbourside Place waterfront complex in Jupiter, Florida.
While letting the children play in the splash zone near the fountain, Davenport heard them screaming, so he jumped in and threw the kids out of the fountain, according to the Palm Beach Post.
He was knocked unconscious while being electrocuted in the water and never regained consciousness.
He died after being brought to Jupiter Medical Center.
Davenport entered the Navy after graduating from Florida State University and became a fighter pilot who served overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After departing the Navy, he earned a master’s in business and finance at the University of Miami in 2011.
A high school friend of Davenport’s spoke to the Palm Beach Post to remember his lost friend.
John Rourke and Davenport met at Jupiter High School but Rourke went off to serve in the Army at the same time that Davenport served in the Navy.
After their time in service, the two became close in their adult years and enjoyed conversations about parenting, politics, and war stories.
“Any time I saw a call from Nate, I knew that we were going to set aside at least 30 minutes to talk,” said Rourke. “He was just one of those guys that kept the conversation going. I’m really going to miss our honest conversations.”
“‘The good die young’ has some truth to it,” Rourke said. “Nate is someone who should have been able to see his kids grow up and become successful and get married.”
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