|DAVID BRENT GOODMAN
CLASS OF 1991
|DAVID BRENT GOODMAN (1973-MARCH 17, 2011)
CLASS OF 1991
Local man dies in Florida beach accident
(By GREG RUSSELL, Register Staff Writer Gainesville Daily Register)
(THANKS TO DEBRA DAVIS PHELPS FOR ARTICLE, OBITUARY, AND PICTURE)
Escambia County, Fla. — Officials in Escambia County, Fla., confirmed the death of Brent Goodman, 37,
formerly of Gainesville, who drowned Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico. Goodman, who attended Gainesville High
School, had just moved to Gulf Breeze, Fla., according to the Pensacola News Journal.
“He was swimming in the Gulf yesterday and got in some trouble and drowned,” Lt. Rodney Eddins of the
Escambia County Sheriff’s Department said by phone Wednesday. “I don’t know the trouble, maybe a
medical-related issue, he maybe got caught in the rip (current) and got tired and didn’t know how to get out
The Journal story said that at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters heard word of a person drowning near the
“walkover 28” area of the Gulf. Responders arrived seven minutes later and found Goodman in the water
face down. They pulled him from the water with a jet ski, the story said, and tried to revive him. He was in
cardiac arrest when taken to Gulf Breeze Hospital and was later pronounced dead.
Friend Audra Woodland of Gulf Breeze reportedly told county authorities Goodman had been staying with her
and her family at the time of the incident. The Journal story said she saw Goodman in the water with her two
sons when he began to have trouble swimming and seemed to need help.
Dave Greenwood, water safety supervisor of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, said the incident happened in
an area unattended by lifeguards. But yellow flags were on site Tuesday — a warning signal of rip currents,
which contributed to Goodman’s drowning, though his death includes other undetermined factors. “A rip
current will pull you out,” Greenwood said in the story. “It won’t pull you under.”
The incident remains under investigation. According to Brent Goodman’s Facebook wall, a donation account
has been opened at City Credit Union under the name of Anita Goodman, his mother. Those interested can
call (940) 665-0981.
Woodland posted a memoriam on Goodman’s Facebook wall. She wrote that Goodman, her houseguest,
brought joy and laughter into her home.
“I am so glad that we were able to bring happiness and joy into your life,” Woodland wrote. “I love you and
my family will never forget you.”