Man Drowns Trying to Save Daughter

By Scott Gordon
|  Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010  |  Updated 10:43 AM CDT
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Scott Gordon, NBCDFW.com

A father drowned trying to save his 7-year-old daughter in the Trinity River.

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A father drowned trying to save his seven-year-old daughter who had fallen in the river at Fort Worth's Trinity Park.
 
The girl slipped into the water and was in trouble when her mother and father jumped in to save her, but got into trouble themselves. Witnesses said the father was swept by the currents. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  A passing bicyclist who had just finished a three-hour ride jumped into the water to pull the mother and little girl from river.
 
Jeff Harrison of Fort Worth said he pulled the woman and girl out and did his best to do CPR on the mother. Paramedics said his efforts saved the mother and daughter.
 
"I just saw that nobody was doing anything," Harrison said. "I was on the other side of the lake, came running around. I just jumped in there and pulled them out. There wasn't a whole lot of thought to it."
 
Harrison said the woman was blue when he pulled her out.
 
"I've never done CPR, I just did like you see on TV," he said.
 
Fort Worth police, firefighters and paramedics were on the scene to recover the father's body.
 
Harrison said he wishes he could have done more to save the father.
 
"It's devastating," he said. "I feel terrible. I didn't want to see the guy pulled out."

 The Tarrant County Medical Examiner late Monday identified the victim as Richard Walker, 47, of Winnsboro.

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