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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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    SpodaB

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I found this this morning while searching for the right words to express my sorrow:

    "Almighty God, on the night before he himself died, Jesus Christ said, 'No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.'

    "Be with us, as we honour those who died in your service.

    "To his disciples, Jesus said, 'Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.'

    "Be with us, as we grieve, and as we seek to support each other in our sorrow.

    "Through the prophet Isaiah we have heard the words, 'Maintain justice and do what is right.'

    "Be with us, as together we commit ourselves to work, so that the values of justice, mutual help, and generosity of spirit, may prevail and give strength to the life of our community."

    Amen.

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    OFCR3627

    about 4 years ago

    6512 Comments

    Prayers and thoughts to his family and department

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    rhood

    about 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace Deputy Wotipka.

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    darsavmo

    about 4 years ago

    11356 Comments

    RIP...

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    SgtJoe1350

    about 4 years ago

    24484 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    Allen705

    about 4 years ago

    1466 Comments

    Horrible! rip brother!

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    RIP......

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    terry_garza

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    It's always sad to read about an officer down, but sadder when it's a friend and co-worker. Wotipka was a really good man with a good heart and he is going to be dearly missed at the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He was a damn good patrolman too!

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    Lawful_Blue

    about 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Rest in Peace!

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    copper380

    about 4 years ago

    2026 Comments

    God Bless Your Soul Brother, God will have a special place for you for there is nothing more noble than to sacrifice your life for another, human or pet.

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    mark27dh

    about 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    RIP

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    sirminnyme

    about 4 years ago

    78 Comments

    Very Sad Story. I would of done the same thing. My canine is a family member. RIP

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    GEA212

    about 4 years ago

    50 Comments

    RIP brother. My prayers are with your family...

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    RIP

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Deputy Eddie Wotipka RIP. Thank you from the citizens of Texas for your long service and your compassion for animals. Prayers to your family and friends.

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