Deputy drowns after attempting to help child while paddleboarding
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 5:51 PM EDT
FOSTER, Ore. (Gray News) - A sheriff’s deputy died Sunday after she tried to help a child while paddleboarding in Oregon.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Courtney Couch was with her family on Foster Reservoir when she accidentally drowned.
The sheriff’s office announced on Facebook that Couch was attempting to help a young child when she fell in the water and didn’t come back up.
Bystanders were able to get Couch to the surface, but deputies and paramedics were unable to revive her.
Couch was an Army veteran and served with the sheriff’s office for seven years.
The sheriff’s office said Couch’s top priority was raising her young son.
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