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Officer Drowns Trying to Save Canines in Distress

Officer Drowns Trying to Save Canines in Distress

Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.

June 11, 2010

Deputy Eddie Wotipka drowned after entering a canal in an attempt to rescue a dog that had fallen into the water.

At approximately 11:15 pm, as Deputy Wotipka arrived home at the end of his shift, several several neighbors notified him that a group of dogs were possibly in distress near the canal.

When he arrived at the canal his own dog fell into the water. Deputy Wotipka, who was still in uniform, jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue the dog. It is believed that a swift undercurrent caused him to go beneath the surface. He resurfaced once before going under the water again.

A sheriff’s department dive team recovered his body the following morning.

Deputy Wotipka had served with the agency for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Straightshooter

    almost 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Eddie Wotipka. My prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

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    Eilene

    almost 4 years ago

    18372 Comments

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Deputy Eddie Wotipka and his brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. May he rest in peace.

    Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen.

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    milcop

    almost 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP My Brother. Prayers to your family and friends

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    MississippiRick

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    They will be be joined again at the "Rainbow Bridge" I am sure.

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    MP247

    almost 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Wotipka.

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    philfroggy

    almost 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in peace brother

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    captainbud

    almost 4 years ago

    420 Comments

    Rest in peace, brother. May God bless your fmily and friends.

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    jortives1969

    almost 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P

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    Deputy2

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    bsibley

    almost 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    RIP Deputy Wotipka. May God Bless your family and all who knew you. The very act of trying to save the life of someone you love proves that you truly have earned a place in Heaven. A dog is "just a thing" only to those who have never cherished the bond with man's best friend. Godspeed sir.

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    Collegecop_WA

    almost 4 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Rest in peace Deputy Wotipka, may God comfort the loved ones you leave behind.

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    rebelranger

    almost 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    jmax

    almost 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    RIP Brother Wotipka

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