Dunwoody man drowns off Florida panhandle trying to rescue others: “Left this world a hero”

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. — Deputies in Florida say a Georgia man is one of two men who drowned off the Florida Panhandle after dozens of people had to be rescued from rough waters earlier this week.

Deputies identified the man as a 55-year-old from Dunwoody. His name has not been released.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office said that agencies conducted multiple water rescues and pulled over a dozen people from the Gulf of Mexico at Miramar Beach on April 8.

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Officials have not released the man’s name, however an obituary identified him as Kim McGrady. According to the obituary, McGrady drowned trying to save others on the beach.

“Many people were caught in a rip tide. Kim was the first one in to try and save as many people as he could. While saving three people, Kim got caught in the rip tide and drowned. Kim was always one to put others before himself. Kim McGrady left this world a hero.”

The obituary asks for donations to be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in lieu of flowers.

According to the sheriff’s office, red flags were flying at the time indicating that there was high surf and strong rip currents and that the “water was an incredible threat to human life.”

The other victim was a 21-year-old from Gray, Louisiana.

“This is a difficult post for us. We know there are families still grieving. But, we’re begging visitors to please continue to educate themselves regarding the flag system. We will continue to do our part.”

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