Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News
An experienced fisherman was swept away by the fast-moving current Saturday night in White Rock Creek just below I-30 at Samuell Road.
Friends and family of Baron Dangerfield gathered near the site where he was last seen Saturday evening.
"He's a wonderful human being. My whole family is devastated," said Charita Dangerfield, the victim's aunt. "His pasttime was fishing and it was raining and he felt like the water was up, the fish were biting and he wanted to come fish and something tragic happened."
Dallas police searched from a helicopter up and down the creek Sunday morning. The current was still too rough to put divers in.
Dangerfield was one of two men swept into swollen creeks after thunderstorms in Dallas and Fort Worth dumped as much as 4 inches of rain on Saturday. In Fort Worth, firefighters found the body of a man who decided to "cool-off" in a swollen creek.
"I haven't been asleep since this happened," said Dangerfield's friend and neighbor Max Fletcher. "We've been out here all last night back and forth hoping we see something. I hope they find him quick."
Fletcher said his friend Baron Dangerfield was studying to be an electrician. He said he loved his baby daughter and his fiancee' and went above and beyond when anyone needed a hand.
"There was a time I didn't have any food in my house and they came over and brought us some steaks," said Fletcher. "We didn't heven ask him. That's the kind of person he was."
Travis Curry has known Dangerfield for about 20 years.
"Always willing to help," said Curry. "If you ever need him, he's going to be there and I was like that with him as well. Just a good friend of mine."
Baron Dangerfield's father is a local pastor, Rev. Harold Dangerfield.