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Contra Costa Deputy Dies During Lake Tahoe Rescue Attempt

  

(AP) - The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of a deputy who died trying to rescue a distressed swimmer at Lake Tahoe.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Friday that Deputy Carlos Francies died Thursday as he was trying to prevent a drowning. The person lived. Details of the rescue were not immediately available.

Sheriff David Livingston said in a statement that Francies is a hero who died while performing his sworn duty of putting himself in harm's way to protect the lives of others. He was off duty at the time of the incident.