Father Tragically Dies Being a Hero Saving His 6-Year-Old Daughter After Jet Ski Accident

by Kati Michelle

With it being the 20th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, there’s a lot on the minds of Americans today. Some survivors of the events are looking to flip the script and turn this tragic day into a lighter one. For example, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Chris Akers actually made the choice to get married to the love of his life today. He’s a hero and a good example of what today is really all about: lifting up voices.

Tennessee recently lost another hero and father after he tragically died saving his 6-year-old daughter from drowning after a freak jet ski accident.

Remembering Hero Jose Manuel Alatorre

What started out as a nice daddy-daughter weekend filled with bonding and the great outdoors, sadly ended in the tragic death of 40-year-old Jose Manuel Alatorre. The father and his little 6-year-old daughter took a trip down to Percy Priest Lake. Here, they planned to enjoy the lake time and ride a jet ski together. Something went wrong, however, when Alatorre hit the gas. The mishap landed both of them in the water and, unfortunately, neither wore a life jacket. Within a matter of seconds, his daughter who couldn’t swim was fighting for her life.

Alatorre didn’t waste any time switching gears into hero mode. He maneuvered over to his daughter and did his damnedest to keep her head above the water. The Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency issued a long statement regarding the accident and explained what happened next.

“Kayakers on the bank were able to paddle out to [Jose’s daughter] and bring her to safety. She was assessed by Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services and released into the care of her mother.”

In saving her, however, Jose sacrificed himself. After disappearing into the lake, a nearby boater’s attempts to find him were ultimately unsuccessful. The RCEMA reported that crews recovered the body of hero Jose Manuel Alatorre from the lake near Jefferson Springs Boat Ramp on Sharp Springs Road in Smyrna just before 11:00 p.m. that same night.

Meteorologist Davis Nolan shared a side-by-side picture of the father with his daughter as an infant on the left and another snap from more recently on the right. He also shared a link to the family’s GoFundMe page set up to help them with the burden of funeral costs. Here’s the Tweet:

RCEMA Issues Statement Regarding 20th Anniversary of Attacks on 9/11

After holding a 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, RCEMA also took to Facebook to make a tribute to the heroes of 9/11. The tribute includes a quote from Sandy Dahl, the wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl. It reads as the following:

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

Take a second to hug your loved ones today, Outsiders, maybe even a little tighter than usual.

You can check out the post yourself here: