MT: Hunter drowns while trying to save dog (the dog survived)
January 11, 2010
Man drowns in Missouri saving dog
58-year-old Great Falls man drowned Sunday in the Missouri River after
rescuing his beloved lab from the frigid water while bird hunting between
Cascade and Ulm.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate Garry E. Wallace, but Wallace was
pronounced dead on the scene shortly after noon after falling through ice on
the river and slipping downstream 30 yards. "He was a rock. He was just a
good person," said his wife of the 30 years, Sharyn Wallace.
According to Cascade County Sheriff David Castle, Wallace was bird
hunting with a friend, Aaron Corbett, when his dog went to retrieve a bird
and got stuck in the water.
Wallace climbed out on the ice to retrieve his dog, but he quickly fell
into the water. Castle said Corbett tried to pull Wallace out of the water a
couple of times but was unsuccessful and went to make a call for help.
Castle said deputies from his office, the county's search and rescue
team, paramedics from local Quick Response Units, and the Cascade Fire
Department were all on their way to the scene when Wallace slipped under
water and floated downstream.
The dog — known in the family as Miss Max — survived.
Wallace was an investment manager at RBC Wealth Management. Between the
two of them, the Wallaces had three children, though one died when she was
When not golfing in the summer, Sharyn said her husband was hunting in
the winter. He belonged to the local dog hunting club, so it was no surprise
to her that her husband would risk his life to save his dog.
Sharyn Wallace said she met her future husband when they were both living
in Harlem, where she worked as a seamstress.
"He was tall, and he bought his pants un-hemmed, and he'd bring his pants
for me to hem," she said.
Sharyn Wallace said her husband and Corbett had been out hunting all
weekend. They went out early Sunday morning so they could be home in time to
watch the Green Bay Packers game.
"He loved hunting, and he loved his dog, and he loved his family," Sharyn
Wallace said. "I — you know — just wasn't ready yet.".
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