Representatives for the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department have confirmed that funeral service for a deputy who lost his life while trying to save a friend on Lake Tahoe were held last weekend.
The services were held in Sacramento, they said.
30 year-old Deputy Carlos Francies had been with the department for just under four years and had been assigned to work at the Martinez Detention Facility.
Francies was with family members and his significant other on Aug. 13 when the group traveled to El Dorado Beach to enjoy a day on the water. They’d rented paddle boards and kayaks, according to a report by San Ramon Patch.
The four were approximately 100 feet away from the shoreline when a strong gust of wind knocked the deputy’s sister off her paddle board. A friend tried to save her but his kayak drifted away. The deputy took quick notice of the situation and jumped into the water as well.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said the deputy died while risking his own life to help others, and described him as being a hero.