Lyle Eagle Tail: A True Warrior Who Died Trying to Save a Child


On Saturday, March 23, after an all-night wake at the Mother Butler Center, 28-year-old Lyle Francis Eagle Tail was laid to rest in the Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City, South Dakota. The young Lakota man had drowned nine days earlier while trying to save 6-year-old Garrett Wallace, who had fallen into the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls. Garrett’s sister, 16-year-old Madison Leigh Wallace also died trying to rescue the little boy, who survived the ordeal. According to Associated Press reports, Eagle Tail’s body was found two days later, about 100 feet from where Madison was discovered the day before.



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