D.C. Lawyer Dies Saving Drowning Boys
Posted Apr 29, 2009 5:18 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyer died last weekend after he jumped into the ocean at Pompano Beach, Fla., to save two drowning boys.
Charles Schulze, 73, was a name partner with Schulze & Pederson, the firm he co-founded in 1972, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. He collapsed and died after rescuing the boys, ages 9 and 12, according to the blog and the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
First Schulze grabbed the younger boy, who was closer to shore, then swam out to rescue the 12-year-old, according to the newspaper account. He began to falter as he swam to shore, prompting other bystanders to jump in to help, according to Helen Smith, Schulze's companion of 20 years.
Schulze was in Pompano Beach for a brief vacation at his condo there.
Co-worker Sherri Lahay Lasover told The BLT that Schulze was the kind of man who always wanted to help others. He regularly stopped to help stranded motorists and had worked for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.