PIERRE, S.D. — Hughes County Chief Deputy Lee Weber died Friday, July 3, while saving his young son from the Missouri River, according to a post on the Hughes County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
"Lee had been a member of the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office Since 2015 and was promoted to Chief Deputy in 2019. Lee was a co-worker, friend, and mentor to all. He will be greatly missed by his law enforcement family and those whom he was sworn to serve," the post states.
Weber, 37, reportedly dove into the Missouri River to save his 8-year-old son who had fallen off a boat Friday. The incident happened just a few miles northwest of Fort Pierre Friday. The boy was saved, but Weber was swept away by the river's current.
"In addition to his service to the citizens of Hughes County, Lee was a decorated veteran of the South Dakota National Guard serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan," the post states.
A memorial fund for Weber's family has been established. Donations can be submitted to any BankWest location in South Dakota.
"Rest easy 361W, we'll hold the line from here," the post states.