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Hero Down: Lane County Deputy Courtney Couch Drowns While Trying To Rescue Child

Foster Reservoir, OR – Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Deputy Courtney Couch died on July 25 while trying to trying to rescue a child from the reservoir.

Deputy Couch, 36, was paddle boarding while recreating with her sister and her son at Foster Reservoir when she spotted a child she didn’t know in need of help, KEZI reported.

She immediately went to the child’s aid.

The deputy fell into the water during the rescue attempt and did not resurface, the LCSO said in a press release on Monday.

“Bystanders found her and brought her to the surface and into the hands of Linn County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics,” the LCSO said. “Life-saving procedures were quickly given, but tragically she did not survive.”

The child Deputy Couch was trying to help was not injured, according to The Oregonian.

The accidental drowning is being investigated by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, KOIN reported.

Deputy Couch, a U.S. Army veteran, served the LCSO for seven years in positions including court transport, patrol, and corrections security.

“Despite her professional successes, Courtney’s number one priority was raising her young son,” the sheriff’s office said. “Courtney has many friends and family that are devastated by her loss.”

She was also a beloved member of the LCSO.

“Her sudden and tragic death has knocked the wind out of us,” the department said. “Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Courtney and her family following this heartbreaking tragedy.”

Deputy Couch also leaves behind her husband, Ian Anderson, KEZI reported.

The couple married in 2013 after serving in Afghanistan together.

“I never thought that I would have to go through this, ever in my life,” Anderson said. “She gave me a beautiful and amazing son, just full of life. It sucks that she’s not going to see him grow up like we thought we would together. But she was an outstanding woman.”

Deputy Couch’s little boy is just four years old, according to a fundraising page established to help her family in the wake of their loss.

Donors have contributed over $25,000 to the effort so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Courtney Couch, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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