Hero dad drowned while saving young daughter's life - just hours before his own father's funeral
Published 18/04/2016 | 22:10
A hero dad drowned while saving his young daughter's life - just hours before he was to attend his own father's funeral.
Twenty-eight-year-old William Moritz had flown to Jacksonville, Florida for a beach memorial service to his father when the tragedy occurred.
New York Post reports Mr Moritz jumped into the sea at Jacksonville Beach after his daughter was pulled out by the tide.
It is understood six-year-old Maddy survived the incident.
She was taken to hospital and released later that evening.
“Bill was the most kindhearted, selfless person I knew,” Mr Moritz's wife Magan said in a statement to WSB-TV Atlanta.
“He was the kind of person people were so grateful to have in their life and I was so lucky to have him in mine.
“His daughter was his world and he always spoke of her with a sparkle in his eyes.
“He took pride in being a father every day. Madelynn was his world. Such an amazing man who I now look to as my hero for courageously saving our beautiful daughter’s life.”