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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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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace.God Bless.

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    HCSO45N12

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    disco29

    almost 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    I would of done the same thing for my dog as well and probably even done it for another dog as well. This brave officer was a great person. RIP brother

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    swatness123

    almost 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    This is tragic...RIP Deputy Wtipka...My prayers for your family and friends. Again this very very tragic.

    I like dogs but I am not risking my life for an animal. Human yes, Dog no.

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    BJenkins

    almost 4 years ago

    292 Comments

    RIP....ours prays go out to your family

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    medic4u2

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    RIP and God Bless you. Need more just like you.

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    EOD300

    almost 4 years ago

    2278 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother...

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    jakester

    almost 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    IN HONORE CASORUM
    Gone, but not forgotten

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    MIKIESPLACE

    almost 4 years ago

    1366 Comments

    How tragic. I read this as my 14 year old golden retriever rests at my foot. I would have immediately jumped into any situation to rescue my dog. what is it they say about no greater love have a man who lays down his life for another. god bless you sir.

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    Arizona_Smokey

    almost 4 years ago

    324 Comments

    How absolutely tragic and sad. To lose a brother officer this way (and his beloved dog) is horrible. RIP, brother.

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    7yt43tquma

    almost 4 years ago

    7206 Comments

    Tragic! My prayers for you and your loved ones! RIP Offr. Wotipka! An new angel in Heaven........

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    SuzanneNGa

    almost 4 years ago

    16580 Comments

    R.I.P. Officer Wotipka.

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    aussie4

    almost 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    When you give your life for another, it is to me the highest calling there is, being a Retired Marine I have seen it many times. Thank you for all you have done and for your efforts to give the ultimate sacrifice Mr. Wotipka and may God Bless you and your family.

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    Inxorte

    almost 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    hdl28711

    almost 4 years ago

    88 Comments

    Sad. A tribute to how dedicated LEOs can be ,when it comes to helping others - even animals.

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