Steven Coleman died attempting to help save Anthony J. Wallace from drowning, Ocean Shores, Washington, July 19, 2002. Anthony, 10, was playing in the Pacific Ocean just off the beach when he was caught in a current and taken into deeper water farther out. Coleman, 47, truck driver, was on the beach in the vicinity. Alerted to the situation, he ran into the water and swam toward Anthony, as did a man from Anthony’s party who reached Anthony and grasped him. After nearing Anthony, Coleman spoke to him to try to calm him, then became separated from him. Anthony was rescued by the other man, with help from another of their party. Coleman was carried to a point about 900 feet from shore, where he was recovered by responding emergency personnel, including a Coast Guard boat. Resuscitation was attempted, but he had drowned.
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Steven A. Coleman, 47, of East Wenatchee, Wash., died July 19, 2002, in Ocean Shores. He had lived in East Wenatchee for 31 years and had worked as a truck driver for Selland Construction Co.
(Edited from an obituary provided by a family member.)