Lee Dingle, 37, playing on Oak Island's beach with three of his kids Thursday when the wave hit him, Shannon Dingle said.
He died a day later despite the efforts of some heroes, including their kids,
"We met when I was 18 and he was 19, and we've been together ever since." I was not supposed to say goodbye at 37. I do not know Oakland Water Rescue Oakland Water Rescue said: "Do not have to," she said.
Caldwell praised Dingle's "big heart" and said he and his wife were raising six children, including four who were adopted.
"He's always calm, friendly, humble, and very, very capable." of himself, "Caldwell said. We want him terribly. "
Another coworker, chief engineer and executive vice president Chris Coutu, lamented the tragic death.
"He was a dream employee and coworker, a good friend, a loving, a devoted father, and a wonderfully kind person," Coutu said in an email.
"Hey what brave, calm, and reassuring; In addition, Dingle worked as a collapse rescue engineer with the North Carolina Emergency Managment. Durham, Caldwell said.