The body of a homeless First Nation man who saved two people from drowning in Manitoba's Red River was found floating lifeless in the same river last weekend.
Faron Hall, 49, was a hero in Winnipeg, Canada, after he dove into the icy water to save a drowning 19-year-old man in May 2009.
“I just couldn’t see that little guy die,” Hall said at the time of the incident.
Hall lived on the banks of the river for seven years and struggled with alcohol addiction before he saved the boy. The city gave Hall an award for his bravery.
“He downplayed his actions saying, ‘I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m a human being,’” said Canadian Parliament Member Rod Bruinooge. “Faron, you certainly are a hero. You showed a rare example of selflessness risking your life to save another.”
Months later, in September 2009 he leapt into the river again – while intoxicated – to save a woman from drowning.
Over the years he continued to struggle with homelessness and addiction issues. He was beaten several times by people who had seen him on the news.
An off-duty police officer reportedly saw a man in distress in the river on Friday but could not reach him.
Hall's body and the body of a missing teen, Tina Fontaine, were both pulled from the river on Sunday. Many say it was Hall’s last act, leading investigators to the missing 15-year-old’s remains.
Fontaine, of Sagkeeng First Nation, failed to return home after a five-day trip to visit her mother in Winnipeg in early July, The Globe and Mail reported.
More than 1,000 people attended a vigil for Hall and Fontaine Tuesday night.
There is no foul play suspected in Hall's death.
Image screenshot: YouTube / Winnipeg Free Press