A deputy sheriff from Mississippi has died after saving his 10-year-old son from a rip current off a beach in Florida.William K. Nichols, 33, was also the director of the Search and Rescue Unit for the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department in northern Mississippi.His family was vacationing in Fort Walton Beach when his son was caught in the dangerous current on Wednesday.Nichols swam out and saved his son, who was in distress, but was then pulled into the current himself, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday in a Facebook post.
The department hired Nichols in 2010 as a patrol deputy and he had been the Search and Rescue Unit director the past seven years.’Words to describe Director Nichols would be humble, passionate, and kind. He always put others before himself,’ DCSD Chief Deputy Justin Smith. ‘He was the embodiment of a true hero.’ Smith said the sheriff’s department is asking for prayers for their fallen deputy, and his family.His family was vacationing in Fort Walton Beach when his son was caught in the dangerous current Wednesday.Nichols swam out and saved his son, who was in distress, but then was pulled into the current himself, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday in a Facebook post.
Our hearts go out to his family and our brothers and sisters in Desoto County,’ said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson Jr. in a Facebook post.Thank the Lord for men like Director Nichols who have given their life so that others may live,’ Smith said.Aaj di vadi khabr aa rhi aa amrika to jithe ik peo ne apne putt nu paani cho bachundea hoea apni jaan guwa lyee.Per eh sara kida hoea eh video ch dekho sara dasea gea hai.The DeSoto Count Sheriff’s Department post said Nichols was young when he became interested in search and rescue, after watching his father oversee the very same unit in the county.
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