Dean Roggenkamp helped to save a woman from drowning, Hot Springs, Arkansas, May 19, 2005. In a suicide attempt, a 65-year-old woman sat on the edge of a bridge spanning Lake Hamilton, at a point about 300 feet from the closer bank, then dropped 45 feet into the water. A motorist on the bridge, Roggenkamp, 51, salesman, stopped at the scene and saw her floating on her back and calling out for help. Deciding to enter the lake for the victim, Roggenkamp and a woman who had been jogging on the bridge removed their shoes and together jumped feet first into the water, Roggenkamp hitting its surface hard on his side. They approached the victim, supported her under her back, and began to swim to the bank with her. Joined by another woman, who had swum out from the bank, the rescuers took the victim toward shore and near it were met by two fishermen responding in a boat. As the rescuers held to the boat and to the victim, the fishermen towed them to a nearby dock, where they left the lake. The victim survived but required hospitalization. Roggenkamp required hospital treatment for a contusion to his lung, and he recovered.
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We are sad to announce that on January 15, 2020, at the age of 66, Dean Roggenkamp (Orland Park, Ill.) passed away. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one.
(Obituary from echovita.com.)