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Tributes paid to the father who drowned saving 3-year-old son

Christopher Schultz made the ultimate sacrifice for his son on Saturday night.

Tributes and donations are pouring in for a man who died while saving his son in Detroit Lakes Saturday evening.

Christopher Schultz's 3-year-old son fell from the Long Bridge at Dead Shot Bay on Detroit Lake around 8:22 p.m., with the father jumping into the water to rescue him.

According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, the 31-year-old from Frazee struggled while holding his son above the water. Witnesses were able to help the 3-year-old to shore but Schultz went under and never resurfaced. 

Around 9:07 p.m., Schultz was recovered from the lake and he was taken to St. Mary's Essentia Hospital in Detroit Lakes where he was pronounced dead. 

Friends of Schultz have spoken highly of his heroic sacrifice, with a GoFundMe page organized to help pay for funeral expenses. As of Monday morning, the online fundraiser had generated $1,340 of a $10,000 goal. 

“Guy just sacrificed his life to make sure his kid could see another day. He wasn't thinking about anything else other than that,” said Schultz's friend of 10 years, Matthew Clark, according to Valley News Live

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Schultz's brother, Ryan Olson, told the Star Tribune that he "cared more about his kids than anyone else I've ever met."

Saying he was a "phenomenal swimmer," Olson said his brother would have jumped in the water after anybody's kids.

The Detroit Lakes Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota DNR assisted in the incident, which remains under investigation. 

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