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Keep Your Fingers Crossed For Sir Dude

The City of Austin is opening a new facility for youth programs. They are accepting suggestions for a name for the building, so I suggested naming it the Sir Dude Turner Youth Complex after a young man who died rescuing a young kid about 12 years ago. I've posted about him before. So I copied and pasted a lot of my previous post into the application, and then answered the other questions they asked. Here's what I said on the form:

Suggested name: Sir Dude Turner Youth Complex

If a person: Sir Dude Turner

Biographical information: A group of kids who were residents in a youth facility were on a field trip to the Pedernales River. The adults who were running the trip allowed the kids to get too close to the water, and then failed to notice when one of the little kids fell in and started drowning. One of the older kids then jumped in, saved the little kid and handed him up to the kids on the dock. In the excitement of tending to the little kid, no one noticed that his rescuer was floating downstream until it was too late. He drowned. His name was Sir Dude Turner. He was a hero.

From the Archives of the Austin American Statesman:

Teen saved youth, then drowned
Author: Bob Banta
AA-S Date: January 14, 1998
Publication: Austin American-Statesman (TX) Page Number: B7 ${ Word Count:

 The body of a 17-year-old boy from a foster-care facility was recovered from the Pedernales River on Monday night after he apparently drowned while saving another youth who had fallen into the river, Blanco County authorities said Tuesday. A team of divers from the Texas Department of Public Safety found the body of Sir Dude Turner in about 12 feet of water, said Lt. Joseph Johnson of the Blanco County sheriff's department.Turner was on an outing Sunday with other students at...[article cuts off here]

Foster care school losing state license
Date: February 11, 1998
Austin American-Statesman (TX) Page Number: B5 ${ Word Count:

State authorities plan to revoke the license of a foster-care facility in Dripping Springs that was taking care of a boy who drowned last month in the Pedernales River. The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services told Darden Hills Ranch School officials last week that school would lose its license as a residential treatment center for boys, Stewart Davis, a department spokesman, said Tuesday. Darden Hills officials told the state Tuesday that the school will be closed by...[article cuts off here]

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Civic involvement:He lost his life saving someone else.

Connection to facility: He was a young person who did something selfless and heroic.

Reason for nomination: He only got a few paragraphs in the Statesman. He was a hero who deserves better recognition.

Reason for nomination:His story is amazing. He was a hero who clearly came from a rough background. He's the kind of guy kids might identify with.

Additional comments: I have no personal connection to Sir Dude whatsoever. I just read the story in the Statesman when it happened. It should have been major front page news, but it wasn't. I was disappointed at the lack of recognition for this boy who selflessly put his own life at risk to help another and, in doing so, paid the ultimate price. It's sad that this sacrifice went almost completely unnoticed.
Tags: hero, heroes

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