Hero dad: Kevin Chitwood, 50, has drowned while trying to save his daughter (pictured together left and right) and her friend from a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Kevin Chitwood, 50, of Kentucky, was vacationing in Alabama with his wife and daughter when he drowned on Monday 
  • Officials say Chitwood jumped in the ocean when his daughter and a friend got caught in rip current 
  • He was pulled under, but his daughter and her friend made it out alive 
  • Chitwood was a member of the Turners Circus in Louisville, Kentucky, where his 14-year-old daughter is a performer 

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