A former US Navy fighter pilot and father of four has tragically died after he was electrocuted while trying to rescue his two young sons from a water fountain that had become live at a Florida shopping center, as reported New York Post on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
Nate Davenport, 45, was spending time with his three youngest children at the Harbourside Place shopping and dining complex in Jupiter on Sunday afternoon, when his sons, aged 10 and 12, jumped into a splash pad to cool off.
According to his family, the boys suddenly started screaming in pain and Nate instinctively ran into the water to pull them out.
However, as he grabbed them, he was hit by a powerful electric shock that stopped his heart, told the station WPBF in an exclusive interview.
Witnesses said they saw Nate collapse in the water and his sons fall to the ground. They immediately called 911 and tried to perform CPR on him until paramedics arrived.
Nate was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His sons were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries and were later released.
The cause of the electrocution is still under investigation, but authorities believe that there was a fault in the wiring of the fountain that made the water conduct electricity.
The fountain has been shut down and cordoned off pending further inspection.
Nate’s wife, Amy Davenport, said she was devastated by the loss of her husband, who she described as a hero, a loving father, and a successful businessman.
“He was always there for us. He was our rock. He loved his kids more than anything. He sacrificed his life to save them. He died a hero,” she said in an emotional statement.
Amy said Nate had served in the US Navy for 20 years as a fighter pilot and had flown combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He retired from the military in 2018 and started his own consulting firm, Davenport Aviation Solutions.
He also enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball and soccer teams and volunteering at their school. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and runner.
“He had so much passion for life. He was always positive and optimistic. He had a great sense of humor and a big heart. He was the best husband and father anyone could ask for,” Amy said.
She said she was grateful for the support and prayers from their friends, family, and community. She also thanked the first responders and bystanders who tried to save Nate’s life.
“They did everything they could. They were amazing. We appreciate their efforts so much,” she said.
She said she hoped that Nate’s death would raise awareness about the dangers of faulty electrical wiring and prevent similar tragedies from happening again.
“We don’t want anyone else to go through this. We want justice for Nate. We want answers. We want to make sure that this never happens again,” she said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Amy and her four children with funeral expenses and other costs. As of Wednesday, it had raised more than $200,000 from over 2,000 donors.
Nate’s funeral will be held on Friday at the First Baptist Church of Jupiter. He will be buried with full military honors at the South Florida National Cemetery.