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Missing Wyo. Deputy's Body Found

August 01, 2011  | 

Searchers on Sunday morning found the body of a missing Converse County (Wyo.) Sheriff's deputy who had jumped into the North Platte River to help a struggling girl.

Deputy Bryan P. Gross, 29, was found in the river between the I-25 bridge site and Anderson Dairy Bridge. The location was about 1.5 miles from where he entered the river to assist a teenage girl who appeared to be struggling.

Deputy Gross was swept away in the river, which had been swollen by a heavy snowmelt.

Source: Star-Tribune

Tags: Duty Deaths, Officer Heroism, Converse County (Wyo.) Sheriff


Comments (4)

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Rick @ 8/1/2011 5:39 PM

Officers need to be aware of their abilities and their limitations. Agencies should be training their officers to not jump into swift water, but purchase a heaving line to throw to victims and pull the victim in.

Tom @ 8/1/2011 6:42 PM

It hard to fault a person who gives their life to save another. Too bad Deputy Gross is gone as he was indeed a brave cop.

Barb @ 8/2/2011 6:52 PM

I live in this area. Typically in this area of the Platte River you can swim and even walk most of the way across without any danger. There is generally no reason in this area to have throw lines or anything of the sort. The current flow is 3x the normal flow rate over the last 60 years. Highly unusual. He probably didn't process the high flow rate in the moment.

Barry Bushaw @ 8/30/2011 4:39 AM

Bottom line is that he was a brave man and GREAT cop for trying to save another. Rest in peace brother.

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