Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputy drowns during off-duty rescue

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Carlos Francies. (ON FILE)
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Francies. (ON FILE)
MARTINEZ, Calif. – Flags are being flown at half mast in Martinez after a sheriff’s deputy that served the community perished during an off-duty water rescue at Lake Tahoe today.

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff was informed on Thursday by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department that Deputy Sheriff Carlos Francies died in an apparent drowning accident at Lake Tahoe. According to police officials there, he jumped into deep lake water to save another person who was apparently drowning, and then succumbed himself.

“We lost a dedicated Deputy Sheriff and a member of our family,” said Contra Costa Sheriff David O. Livingston. “Deputy Carlos Francies died doing what he was sworn to do: putting himself in harms way to protect the lives of others. He is a hero and an example of exactly what is right in law enforcement today. We mourn with his family, friends and colleagues.”

A Sheriff’s Office team is currently in Lake Tahoe to assist in any way possible and gather more information. The investigation will be headed by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

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