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Deputy drowns trying to help child at Foster Reservoir

“Her sudden and tragic death has knocked the wind out of us. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Courtney and her family following this heartbreaking tragedy,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 12:59 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 1:29 PM

SWEET HOME, Ore. – A Lane County Sheriff’s deputy drowned on Sunday while trying to help a young child at Foster Reservoir.

The sheriff’s office is mourning the death of Courtney Couch, a US Army veteran who had been a deputy with LCSO for seven years.

Couch, 36, had been enjoying the reservoir with her family and was paddle boarding when she tried to help a young child. She fell in the water and did not resurface. Authorities say Couch was not wearing a life jacket.

Bystanders brought Couch to the surface, and Linn County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics tried to save her life, but she did not survive. 

“Her sudden and tragic death has knocked the wind out of us. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Courtney and her family following this heartbreaking tragedy,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities confirmed the child involved in the incident is OK.

Linn County deputies are investigating the drowning. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the sheriff's office at 541-967-3950.

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