40-year-old Thomas Arby Butler III of Orange died Sunday afternoon after being knocked unconscious as he was going down a slide at a water park in Newton County.
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an unconscious male in the water at the Backwoods Beach on CR 4096 near the Trout Creek community at approximately 3:15p.m Sunday.
Deputies, the Trout Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and Care Plus Ambulance service were dispatched to the scene.
CPR was initiated by the Trout Creek Volunteer Fire Department first responders.
The attempt to resuscitate was unsuccessful and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Dana Ashmore was dispatched to the scene where Butler was pronounced dead.
An autopsy has been ordered by JP Ashmore.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family cover funeral expense.