Friday, August 14, 2009

Priest Dies Trying to Save Nephew

An everyday hero who dies trying to do good. God rest Fr. Repsys and his nephew who both drowned.
Father Ricardas Repsys' Catholic parishioners said Wednesday they weren't surprised their quiet, compassionate priest died doing something selfless: trying to rescue his drowning nephew in Lake St. Clair.

"I'm still walking around in a surreal life right now," said Alma Butkunas, an office manager at Divine Providence Lithuanian Catholic Church in Southfield. She had worked with Repsys since the priest joined the 500-member church five years ago.

"It doesn't surprise me that he jumped in to save this boy. He was not going to let this boy drown, even if it meant his own life."

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