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Father drowns saving son

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Jun 17, 2019

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.--A Minnesota father is being hailed as a hero after sacrificing his own life to save his 3-year-old son.

Officials in Detroit Lakes say 31-year-old Christopher Schultz died Saturday while working to save the boy from drowning.

Witnesses say Schultz and his son were fishing when the 3-year-old fell off the bridge the pair were standing on.

Schultz immediately went in to rescue him. Deputies say a bystander helped and was able to bring the child to shore.

"Without a hesitation jumping in - that's heroic, to me that's an honorable death,” Matthew Clark said.

Clark said he met Schultz 10 years ago and describes him as a person who made a positive impact.

“Guy just sacrificed his life to make sure his kid could see another day. He wasn't thinking about anything else other than that,” Clark said.

It took emergency responders 45 minutes find Schultz in the water. The Becker County Sheriff's Office says the boy suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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