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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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    batman2944

    almost 4 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest in peace. May God grant you a special blessing for your valiant display of compassion.

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    USLawman1983

    almost 4 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers to Deputy Wotipka's family, his LE family and the community which he served. Its a great loss.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    shame, much respect to my fellow harris county deputy

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    buck

    almost 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God Blass and rest in peace, and thank you for your service.

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    station_100_2003

    almost 4 years ago

    552 Comments

    Rest in Peace You are a hero.

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    lilweir09

    almost 4 years ago

    126 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother..

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    How incredibly sad.....

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    rsironron

    almost 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace, may God be with you, your family and co-workers.

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    CadetAK

    almost 4 years ago

    3428 Comments

    Wow, such a sad story :( may he RIP

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Off duty still answered the call. RIP Brother.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    RIP Deputy Eddie Wotipka.May You fly high with The Angels watching over Your Loved Ones and Fellow Officers doing the job You so loved.I will light A Candle in Your Honor.May God Bless You and Your Family Always.

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    HEYSARGE

    almost 4 years ago

    16734 Comments

    RIP

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    luke3302

    almost 4 years ago

    922 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Wotipka. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14600 Comments

    RIP my brother. I am sure that there are those that will say it was only a dog but we do this for people, many of whom are not as worthwhile as dogs so.... I would like to say I would not do this but I know deep down I would have acted just like he did.

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    LTPANKO

    almost 4 years ago

    1072 Comments

    WOW sad story... RIP Deputy.

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