Florida Navy vet heroically dies saving his young sons from electrocution at shopping center fountain

A Florida Navy veteran and father of four died tragically on Sunday after rescuing two of his sons from an electrified Jupiter shopping center fountain.

Nate Davenport, 45, took his three youngest children to Harbourside Place on Sunday afternoon, a popular downtown shopping center that offers, among other things, dining, boating, and a “splash pad” for kids to play in.

According to a Harbourside spokeswoman, the children were splashing not on the splash pad, but in a nearby fountain that features “no climbing” notices.

“The kids starting screaming: ‘We’re getting shocked — we’re getting shocked,'” Nate’s mother, Mary Davenport, told WPBF. “And so he rushed in to save them.”

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Nate reached into the fountain and grabbed his boys. He and others received shocks as they attempted to rescue the children. WPBF reports that Nate may have fallen in the water, and a call of a possible drowning was placed to police.

Nate, along with his eight and 11-year-old sons and one other adult were rushed to a local trauma center.

The heroic father, who served in the Iraq war, never regained consciousness.

“He took a hit for his kids,” Mary said. “We had 45 years with him. God blessed us with him. He’s an amazing man.”

Nate was the president of the family business, RGD Consulting Engineers, which was started by his father, Bob Davenport.

“We obviously know that he did exactly what we would expect him to do. And you know what any father would do, hopefully, but him, especially just his character, that’s what he was,” said Nate’s brother-in-law, Mike Bishop, who helps to run RGD.

Police haven’t yet released an update on the incident, and, despite the Harbourside spokeswoman’s statement, the family still doesn’t know the details of what happened. For now, they are left to grapple with their unthinkable loss.

“He’s loyal,” Mary said of her son. “He’s a good father. He’s a great husband. He loves Jesus. And yeah, he gave his life for his kids.”

The Davenport’s friends and community have rallied around the grieving family.

“We have been getting so many calls and emails. From clients, from friends, from other contractors, from subcontractors who have just poured their heart out to me to say how much Nate meant to them and how he impacted their life,” Mary said. “And so that is the blessing to us.”

According to the grandmother, her grandsons are being monitored for elevated enzymes. Her eldest grandson was expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Jupiter Police Department reported, “On Sunday, October 22, 2023 at approximately 3:40 p.m., Jupiter Police Department Officers responded to 149 Soundings Avenue (Harbourside Place) to assist the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) following an electrocution incident within the fountain area at Harbourside Place.”

“The initial investigation determined five individuals were injured and were transported to local hospitals,” the department continued. “The three juvenile victims transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center are continuing to recover in the hospital. One of the adult victims transported to the Jupiter Medical Center has been released from the hospital and the second adult victim transported to the Jupiter Medical Center was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.”

“This is currently an active investigation and Jupiter Police Department Detectives are working with the Town of Jupiter Building Department, Harbourside Place, and Florida Power & Light (FPL) personnel during this investigation,” they stated. “More information will be released when it becomes available.”


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