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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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    adrial

    almost 4 years ago

    562 Comments

    R.I.P.... Incredible demonstration of courage, love and loyalty... :(

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    granny1

    almost 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    R.I.P. you are a true hero ,God bless you.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    46060 Comments

    How sad. Rest in Peace Deputy Wotipka.

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    IrishCrusher

    almost 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Rest in Peace brother. God looks no differently on those who give their life for any living being animal or human. We are the same in his eyes. God bless, you and yours.

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    RAIDER05

    almost 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    you just never know...If my dog would have fell..i prlly would have jumped too..who knows

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    Bury

    almost 4 years ago

    1340 Comments

    How sad, I love animals too, but ....

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    desldonna

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    God Bless you and your family and your department Deputy Wotipka. I am so very sorry.

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    ERIC4536

    almost 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    God bless him and his family. Rest in peace.

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    dhw

    almost 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    God bless family, friends, fellow officers.
    Chief D. Whiteley, P.B. Mo.

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    tbailes182

    almost 4 years ago

    540 Comments

    Tragic. RIP Deputy Wotipka. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

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    Karmon

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    R.I.P your a hero to many

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    tedstacy

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    RIP many of us would have done the same thing. God Bless and may your family find peace.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Prayers and Condolences to his Family and all friends and Colleagues

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    184retired

    almost 4 years ago

    3804 Comments

    RIP Deputy...I would have done the same thing an animal..

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    dolphinblue

    almost 4 years ago

    42844 Comments

    R.I.P.

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