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Calgary man drowns while saving girl in B.C. lake

Last Updated Jun 4, 2019 at 7:11 am PDT

Jon Palmiere, 20, from Calgary died while saving a girl from a lake in B.C. on Friday May 31, 2019 (Credit - Jon Palmiere)

INVERMERE – A young Calgary man is being hailed a hero after drowning while saving a girl in a lake in B.C.

The man has been identified as Jonathan Stein-Palmiere, 20, from Calgary.

Jonathan and his girlfriend were visiting from Calgary for the weekend and enjoying a beach day with friends when the young girl ran into trouble in the lake.

Witnesses tell The Columbia Valley Pioneer that Stein-Palmiere swam out to save a 10-year-old girl on Lake Windermere last Friday.

Yesterday , May 31st, we lost an amazing young man. Our darling son, our youngest child, Jonathan has left this life…

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Stein-Palmiere was able to push the girl back to shore but went under himself.

Others rushed to save Jonathan, bringing him back to shore and administered CPR. Jon was brought to hospital where he later passed away.

The girl’s father told the local newspaper that Jonathan was the kindest and caring person in the world.

Others have taken to social media to offer condolences to the family.

One post read “Jon was what most parents would have idealized in their children. I believe his heroism will never be forgotten”

Stein-Palmiere was a recent graduate of SAIT and St. Francis High School

-With files from The Columbia Valley Pioneer