Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sad story

When discussing the issues related to whether there is (or should be) a duty to help, I often use a hypo that involves a person walking along a lake watching someone struggling in the water because he or she can't swim. The sad reality of the dangers of this type of situation are brought to life in a report today in Prof. Jonathan Turley's blog. He reports that Washington personal injury lawyer Charles Schulze, age 73, died in his rescue of two drowning boys. Schulze was walking on the beach off Pompano Beach, Florida when he saw two boys (ages 9 and 12) in distress in the surf. He swam out and rescued the nine-year-old child first, went back and rescued the 12 year old. While onlookers made sure the boys were ok, Schulze collapsed. He gave his life to save the children. For the full story, click here and here.

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