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1996 Middleton Excessive College grad dies a hero saving a younger boy from drowning

2021-08-21 09:11:11

CROSS PLAINS, Wis. (WMTV) – Household and mates are internet hosting a particular occasion on Saturday in Cross Plains to honor a person who sacrificed his life to avoid wasting a bit of boy from drowning. 42-year-old Pete Rosengren died in March whereas on spring break together with his spouse and three children within the Florida panhandle.

“It’s not simply heartbreaking, it’s soul crushing,” mentioned Gayle Rosengren, Pete’s mom.

Gayle Rosengren says Pete’s three sons bumped into the Gulf of Mexico and a powerful rip present pulled them offshore. All three boys have been in a position to make it again to the shore safely, however one other boy was nonetheless struggling. Pete rushed into the water, reached the boy, and instructed him to remain calm.

“(Pete mentioned to the boy) ‘I’ve bought you; you’re OK, you’re going to be effective. Simply don’t be afraid,” mentioned Gayle.

Different rescuers outfitted with a raft got here into the water introduced the boy safely again to the shore. However Pete went underneath the water and by no means got here up.

“All I bear in mind saying is ‘no, no, no,’ louder and louder and screaming in the long run,” mentioned Gayle of the second she discovered her son was gone. “It’s like that is only a dangerous dream and I’m going to get up. And it takes a very long time to appreciate that this dream by no means ends. I imply, this can be a nightmare that’s going to proceed.”

Pete was born and raised in Illinois however moved to Middleton as a youngster. He graduated from Middleton Excessive College in 1996.

Rosengren was a member of the MHS basketball group. He was additionally a member of the varsity’s volleyball group.(Krista Hanson)

“If I might hug him yet another time, I might say how grateful I used to be to have him in my life,” mentioned Katy Ripp, Pete’s classmate at MHS and lifelong pal. “He held on a bit of bit longer and it was only a large ‘Pete’ hug so I want I might hug him yet another time.”

“Pete had a type of personalities that may fill a room,” mentioned Krista Hanson, one other ‘96 MHS grad and Pete’s good pal. “He simply had a type of sense of humors that drew him to you instantly.”

Pete Rosengren had a big smile and even bigger heart
Pete Rosengren had a giant smile and even larger coronary heart(Krista Hanson)

Pete was born and raised in Illinois and returned to the Chicago space after he graduated from faculty in Kenosha. He was residing in a Chicago suburb on the time of his dying. Regardless of the gap, Ripp and Hanson say their highschool crew all stayed in contact.

Gayle mentioned she takes consolation in realizing that her son’s final act on this earth was to avoid wasting that little boy’s life.

“I’ll all the time miss you and can all the time love you. There may be only a gap in my coronary heart that’s Pete. However I’m ever so pleased with him,” she mentioned.

Ripp owns 1909 Wine Bar in Cross Plains and is internet hosting an occasion to recollect Pete’s life and legacy. The occasion takes place Saturday, August 21 at 4pm. Tickets are nonetheless out there on-line. There may even be a raffle and silent public sale. Ripp says the general public is invited to attend.

All the cash raised will go to Pete’s spouse Maura and their three sons.

For those who’d prefer to attend the occasion or need extra data, click on right here

Pete (top center), Katy (right in front of Pete), and Krista (center) were part of a close...
Pete (prime heart), Katy (proper in entrance of Pete), and Krista (heart) have been a part of an in depth group of mates in highschool(Krista Hanson)

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