Sheriff’s Deputy, US Army Vet Dies While Trying To Save Child In Water


EUGENE, Oregon – The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Deputy Courtney Couch Anderson. On Sunday July 25th, Deputy Couch, a deputy with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, was recreating with her family on Foster Reservoir when she accidentally drowned.

According to LCSO, Couch was paddle boarding and ‘attempting to help a young child when she fell in the water and did not resurface. Bystanders found her and brought her to the surface and into the hands of Linn County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics.’ Life-saving procedures were quickly given, but she did not survive.

Officials told KOIN 6 the child, who is OK, was related to Couch but did not specify the nature of the relationship.

She leaves behind a young son.

Courtney was a veteran of the United States Army and had been a deputy with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. She served in a multitude of assignments including Corrections Security, Court Transport and Patrol.

“Courtney was a very loved member of the Sheriff’s Office family,” the office said in a statement. “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.”

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