Fundraiser for Medina family of Pete Radke who drowned saving teen during daughter's birthday trip

MEDINA, Ohio - Local Bob Evans restaurants are helping to raise money for the family of the Medina man who drowned at Huntington Beach last month while trying to save another.

On June 19, from open to close, Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of all dine in and carry-outs to the Pete Radke fund.

You must present a flyer at time of check out. Download it here.

Radke's family is sharing memories of the husband and father they dearly loved.

“I’m kind of lost now because I’m not going to be a wife anymore,” said Michelle Radke, who was married to her husband Pete Radke for 19 years.

Related: Peter Radke dies after rescuing young girl from the waters of Huntington Beach

The pain of losing her husband is nearly unbearable for Michelle. She said she dearly misses Pete’s laugh, humor and abundant love.

“I miss him interacting with the kids,” said Michelle.

Pete took his 14-year-old daughter Brynn to Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 31 to celebrate her birthday. The celebration quickly turned scary when a teenage girl was in trouble in the water. Pete jumped in to help her. She made it alive, he did not.

“He [Pete] waved for help, and I thought I couldn’t do this, it’s too stressful, so I walked upstairs and I didn’t much from then because I was freaking out,” said Brynn Radke.

“I couldn’t leave [the beach] without knowing,” said Michelle. “So I called out to God and said please give me some closure because I can’t leave, I can’t leave.”

Friends and family have started a fund to help the Radke family with expenses. If you wish to donate, visit PeteRadkeFund.com  or GoFundMe.com .

Print this article Back to Top

Comments