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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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    Sheriff_1

    almost 4 years ago

    8026 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    mva1053

    almost 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    be proud your last act was that of a hero. no matter who the victim. GOD BLESS YOU>

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    RKEENAN

    almost 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    'ALL GIVE SOME....SOME GIVE ALL'

    R I P Deputy Wotipka.

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    sgt_black_cloud241

    almost 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    Go with God, Brother..... we'll take it from here.

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    boritico

    almost 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    41250 Comments

    Rest In Peace Deputy.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother.

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    dinapooh

    almost 4 years ago

    522 Comments

    So sad. RIP.

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    Sheepdog_1

    almost 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    RIP

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    WACollector

    almost 4 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace,Brother.

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    mpd_943

    almost 4 years ago

    2486 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother, we have the watch.

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    tinbadge50

    almost 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    Terrible. RIP bro.

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    JCSO157

    almost 4 years ago

    114 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    SULLYMAN

    almost 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in Peace brother

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