A 44-year-old Huntley man died Monday after saving his son in a boating accident, according to the man’s wife.
David Fournier died after a paddle boat that he and three others were in capsized in Lake Terramere, according to a news release from the Arlington Heights Police Department and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Two children and a second adult were also on the boat.
Karin Sullivan Fournier posted to a community page on Facebook that her husband died after saving her 3-year-old son.
“My son and I lost the most amazing man in our lives but we will get through,” the post reads. “Please remember there are 100 men who would sacrifice their own lives than hurt their sons. Please also remember that sometimes lawns get long because of things that you don’t understand. David Fournier you are my soul mate and the best dad ever.”
Police and fire personnel responded about 3:30 p.m. Monday to the 4000 block of North Terramere Drive, Arlington Heights, after receiving several 911 calls reporting that a paddle boat had capsized, according to the news release.
All four boat occupants were out of the water when Arlington Heights Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene, and someone had started to perform CPR on David Fournier, according to the release. Paramedics then took over before transporting David Fournier to Northwest Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The second adult and two children were not injured, police said.
“This appears to be a tragic accident,” according to the release, which said no foul play or criminal activity was suspected.
Arlington Heights Police Sgt. Andrew Blevins said according to witnesses, people at the lake pulled the paddle boat occupants out of the water. Blevins said the investigation is ongoing and couldn’t provide more information as of Tuesday afternoon.
Karin Sullivan Fournier could not immediately be reached for information.