Officers rush to save man who fell through ice

January 17, 2019

Officers from three police agencies rescued a 68-year-old man who fell through pond ice Wednesday while fishing in the 2200 block of DeKalb County Road 23.

DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies, Waterloo police and Indiana State Police responded to the report about 11:40 a.m., the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department said.

Randall Deetz was submerged in water up to his neck when DeKalb Deputy Ben Browand arrived. Deetz told the deputy he had been in the water 10 to 15 minutes and was losing strength.

Deetz had been holding himself up by a rope tied to a tree, police said.

Browand found a boat on shore and pushed it as close to Deetz as he could. He then got into the boat and held Deetz above the water until more officers arrived.

Deputy Thomas Olinske got into the boat, helped hold Deetz up and tied the rope Deetz was holding to the boat. State police and Waterloo officers pulled the boat to shore while other officers held onto Deetz.

Deetz was evaluated by DeKalb EMS. Indiana conservation officers also assisted, police said.

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