Who is Pete Rosengren?
Pete Rosengren was the vice president of sales and digital strategies for the Daily Herald Media Group who worked its group for almost two decades before his untimely demise. Friends and colleagues told the Herald that they weren’t surprised Pete would risk his life for others.
Daily Herald sales executive Pete Rosengren of Batavia died in Florida Sunday after he apparently drowned while saving two children from drowning. https://t.co/VG6RiFIW0m
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) March 30, 2021
Tributes poured after Pete lost his life while rescuing his sons and other children from a dangerous rip current in the ocean waters. According to The Daily Herald, Pete Rosengren died on Sunday, March 28, in the Gulf of Mexico while on a family vacation.
How old was Pete Rosengren?
Pete Rosengren was 42 years old at the time of death, March 28, 2021.
Pete Rosengren Obituary
Maura Rosengren recounted to the Herald how her family had driven from their Batavia residence to Florida, expecting to spend the week soaking up the sun together. The families headed to Miramar Beach on March 28. The beach was open, but the ocean was marked with a doubled red flag warning.
“We had only had been there a couple [of] minutes. The kids ran into the water right away,” said Maura about the tragedy. It wasn’t long before her sons, along with the other kids, found themselves caught in a rip current. “It all happened so fast. I ran toward the water,” Maura said.
Maura said her sons were able to help each other get to shore, but Pete noticed a friend’s 9-year-old son was struggling and immediately sprang into action. “We could see one little boy couldn’t get in and … [Pete] went out there,” Maura explained.
Pete Rosengren was able to rescue the child and passed him safely to the waiting arms of the other adults, but he was unable to save himself in the process. First responders brought him to shore and performed CPR at the scene before taking him to a hospital.
Lifeguards also pulled out two other boys from the water in the meantime, per the report.
Pete Rosengren Cause of Death
Pete’s cause of death was unclear at the time of writing. According to the Herald, the medical examiner is still working to determine if the cause of his untimely death was by drowning or if he had a cardiac issue during the rescue.
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“Pete was always there for others — employees, peers, family, and friends. That was his DNA,” Scott Stone, president and chief operating officer of Daily Herald Media Group, said in a statement. “Pete had an oversized personality, quick wit, humor, and unique compassion for others.”