An appointee sheriff from Mississippi has kicked the bucket in the wake of sparing his 10-year-old child from a rip current off a sea shore in Florida. William K. Nichols, 33, was chief of the Search and Rescue Unit for the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department in northern Mississippi.
His family was traveling in Fort Walton Beach when his child was trapped in the hazardous current Wednesday. Nichols swam out and spared his child, who was in trouble, yet then was maneuvered into the current himself, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday in a Facebook post.
A neighborhood salvage team from Walton County, Florida, pulled Nichols to shore and started CPR. He was articulated dead at a neighborhood emergency clinic.
The DeSoto Count Sheriff’s Department post said Nichols was youthful when he got inspired by search and salvage, in the wake of watching his dad supervise the unit that accomplished that work in the area. The division recruited Nichols in 2010, and he had been the Search and Rescue Unit executive the previous seven years.