‘He was a hero’: B.C. father of 4 loses life trying to save son at Fraser Valley lake

‘He was a hero’: B.C. father of 4 loses life trying to save son at Fraser Valley lake
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VANCOUVER —
When one of Arnulf Salazar’s young sons began drifting into deeper water at Chehalis Lake in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, the 53-year-old didn’t hesitate. His bravery was not at all surprising to his 18-year-old daughter, Zsalve.

“He didn’t even think twice about saving Zac,” she said. “He was running.”

Salazar was at the lake on July 17 for a family picnic. The father of four from Surrey jumped in and managed to reach 10-year-old Zac, who is autistic and non-verbal.

“It was just like a slip of the moment where Zac just started to drift apart from us,” Zsalve said, and described how the lake abruptly gets deeper. “Little did we know, it was shallow, and it suddenly just had a drop.”

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