A father gave his life to save his son over Father’s Day weekend. Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz, 32, drowned after attempting to save his three-year-old son who had fallen into Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
As a result of Schultz’s heroic rescue, his son survived the fall and was treated at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Father Drowned After Saving Son: A Life Saved, and a Life Lost
Witnesses on the scene told police they saw Schultz jump into the water after his son had fallen off the bridge. While attempting to rescue his son, Schultz was pulled underwater and never resurfaced during the rescue.
Officers from Detroit Lakes Police Department, Becker County Sheriff’s Office, and St. Mary’s EMS personnel searched the water for Schultz. His body was found nearly an hour later by a fisherman and Becker County’s Dive Rescue. He was taken to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Glander told People that the incident remains under investigation.
Support the Schultzes
Schultz’s friends and family set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral costs and medical expenses. To date, they have raised more than $9,000 of a $20,000 goal. Lend the family a hand, if you can!
Our thoughts and condolences are with the family during this difficult and traumatic time.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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