A Minnesota dad tragically died this weekend, simply hours earlier than Father’s Day, whereas making an attempt to rescue his youngster who had fallen right into a lake.
Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander confirms to PEOPLE that Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz, 31, of Frazee was recognized because the drowning sufferer from Saturday night’s incident in Detroit Lakes.
Although it was sadly too late for selfless father, Schultz’s youngster, a 3-year-old boy, was safely delivered to shore and has since been handled for non-life-threatening accidents.
In line with Glander, emergency personnel responded to a potential drowning report exterior of Lengthy Bridge restaurant at Useless Shot Bay on Saturday at roughly 8:22 p.m.
When officers arrived, bystanders on the scene defined that they witnessed Schultz instantly soar into the waters after his 3-year-old unintentionally fell from a bridge.
Sadly, whereas making an attempt to save lots of his youngster, Schultz struggled to additionally preserve himself above water. Bystanders finally rescued the toddler, however his father tragically by no means resurfaced, in response to Glander.
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After transporting the kid to a hospital, Glander mentioned a crew of officers from the Detroit Lakes Police Division, Becker County Sheriff’s Workplace, and St. Mary’s EMS personnel, instantly started trying to find Schultz.
The Detroit Lakes Fireplace Division, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota Division of Pure Assets additionally assisted on the scene, in response to Glander.
Schultz’s physique was finally recovered by a fisherman and Becker County’s Dive Rescue Group about 40 minutes later. He was then transported to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital however was sadly pronounced useless.
Glander famous that the incident stays underneath investigation.
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Within the wake of the tragedy, Schultz’s family members have created a GoFundMe web page to lift cash for his funeral prices and medical bills. In simply in the future, the marketing campaign has raised over $2,200.
Lots of Schultz’s associates and coworkers additionally used the GoFundMe as a chance to share their most beloved reminiscences with him.
“I worked with him and got to know him very well,” wrote one particular person. “We’d have our lunch together and he would always talk about his kids and how much he loved them. I’ll miss you Chris.”
“I am at a loss for words. Great Father. A hero. A Great Friend. He helped me through a tuff [sic] time in my life by being a friend to vent to and helped me in so many ways,” one other added. “I will be forever grateful. Our community lost a good man.”