2018 Closing Session

 

Nathan Lee

Denise Amber Lee Foundation President, Nathan Lee, will take you on an emotional journey, telling the story of his beautiful wife Denise Amber Lee and the powerful and uplifting journey he took after her death that led him to create a foundation in her name. Denise was abducted, raped, and murdered in Southwest Florida in 2008. The fact that Denise was the daughter of a 25-year veteran of the local sheriff’s office brought an immediate, overwhelming response to Nathan’s first 9-1-1 call of her missing. Four other calls to 9-1-1 were made from witnesses over the next 3 hours including one witnessing the abduction in real time, describing cross streets but to no avail. The unbelievable number of opportunities and corresponding failures to save her that evening will be discussed and analyzed in this inspiring call to the Public Safety industry to do better. The preventable death of his wife has garnered national attention on the need for a better trained and certified 9-1-1 workforce. Attendees will leave motivated with a sense of pride in the importance of the job they do and every call they take could be the next Denise. Understanding the incredible difficulty that Public Safety professionals endure every day, Nathan Lee has made it his life mission to help the Public Safety industry anyway he can to make sure what happened to his wife will not happen again.

 

Nathan is the widowed husband of Denise. Inspired by the outpouring of community support in the aftermath of his wife’s murder in 2008, Nathan launched the Denise Amber Lee Foundation in June of 2008. He has made it his life’s work to honor his courageous wife by promoting better training, standardized protocols, and technological advances for 9-1-1 so that it meets the expectations of all citizens. Upon graduation from high school, Nathan was honored with a Congressional nomination to the United States Naval Academy but was unable to attend. An accomplished musician Nathan attended Jacksonville University on a music and Naval ROTC scholarships. He later attended the University of South Florida.

Nathan and the work of the foundation were recently honored by five national public safety organizations and the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus as a testament to his determination to be a positive force for change. He has traveled to 47 states telling Denise's story.

Nathan currently resides in Englewood, Florida with his two sons Noah and Adam, and daughter Avery.