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Mom says son who died in river was 'biggest hero'

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm •  Published: March 17, 2013

Margaret Eagletail thanked the rescue workers after her son's body was recovered.

Jeff Helm, division chief for Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue, said the recovery of the body provided some closure for family members and searchers. Helm said he "can only imagine" what the family members of the two victims are going through.

"We are trying to keep them informed what the next steps are," Helm said.

The city of Sioux Falls is named after the Big Sioux River's cascading waterfalls in Falls Park, a tourist attraction where people often picnic or pose for wedding photos. The park draws about 525,000 visitors annually, according the local visitors' bureau, and is an especially popular spot in the spring and summer.