KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Eagle Tail Laid To Rest



Bookmark and Share

A Sioux Falls man who died saving a little boy, who fell into the Big Sioux River last week, has been laid to rest. On Thursday, Mar. 14 28-year-old Lyle Eagle Tail jumped into the river after a 6-year-old boy fell into the water. Crews searched for Eagle Tail’s body for nearly 45 hours before recovering it Mar. 16.

On Saturday morning, friends and family of 28-year-old Lyle Francis Eagle Tail said goodbye.

"My son is the biggest hero. He sacrificed himself to that little child and that's the way his grandmother has brought him up, much love and respect,” said Eagle Tail’s mother, Margaret Eagle Tail.

Around 100 people gathered at Mother Butler Center in Rapid City to pay their respects to a man who gave his life to save another. On Mar. 14, Eagle Tail was at Falls Park with his friends when he saw 6-year-old Garrett Wallace fall into the Big Sioux River. Eagle Tail, along with the boy’s 16-year-old sister Madison Wallace jumped in to save him. The boy somehow survived, the same couldn’t be said for Madison and Eagle Tail.
    
“He's the only hero I knew and will probably be the only hero I know,” said a friend of Eagle Tail’s, Napolean Ducheanaeux.
    
Born and raised in Rapid City, Eagle Tail was a part of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He moved to Sioux Falls recently and friends said the Thursday that he jumped into the water, was his first time ever at Falls Park.

"To that little boy and his family you know, my son is a hero to them. He sacrificed himself,” said Margaret Eagle Tail.
    
A selfless man, who family and friends said will be dearly missed.

Eagle Tail was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

A memorial fund has been set up for Eagle Tail’s family at Wells Fargo under ‘The Lyle Eagle Tail Memorial Benefit Fund.’
     

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SF Police Chase Ends in Rollover, Arrest

A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after Sioux Falls Police ...

Portrait Of Janklow Dedicated To USD  story with video

A portrait of former South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow now hangs with nine ...

AZ Gun Range Incident Raises Questions  story with video

The right to keep and bear arms, a right so important to our founding ...

South Dakota Tech School Gets $500,000 NASA Grant  Aug. 27

SD Lawmakers Explore Highway Funding, User Fees  Aug. 27

Restaurant Manager: "It sounded Like A Car Hit The Building"  story with video  Aug. 27

South Dakota Tech School Gets $500,000 NASA Grant  Aug. 27

City Proposes Deer Management Program  story with video  Aug. 27

Ready to Start Program Launches  Aug. 27

A Guide To The EB-5 Program Investigation In SD  Aug. 27

Dem Asks For Another Lawmaker To Sit In For Her  Aug. 27

'Cops' Crew Member Killed In Omaha Shooting  Aug. 27

Conservative Americans For Prosperity Comes To SD  Aug. 27

Hoven Students Begin Classes In Former Hospital  Aug. 27

Faulkton To Be Honorary SD Capital For A Day  Aug. 27

USD Using Drone To Capture Images For Marketing  Aug. 27

Portion Of Downtown SF Building Collapses  Aug. 27

ESPN: "First Four" Could Come To SF  story with video  Aug. 26

Joan Jett To Break-In PREMIER Center  Aug. 26

An Injured Bicyclist's Road To Recovery  story with video  Aug. 26

KDLT News Archive
     

Portion Of Downtown SF Building Collapses

A portion of a historic building in Downtown ...

'Cops' Crew Member Killed In Omaha Shooting

The production company behind the "Cops" television show ...

A Guide To The EB-5 Program Investigation In SD

Republican and Democratic lawmakers hope to delve deeper into ...

SF Police Chase Ends in Rollover, Arrest  Aug. 27

Restaurant Manager: "It sounded Like A Car Hit The Building"  story with video  Aug. 27

USD Using Drone To Capture Images For Marketing  Aug. 27

Faulkton To Be Honorary SD Capital For A Day  Aug. 27

South Dakota Tech School Gets $500,000 NASA Grant  Aug. 27

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds fall in 9th to Saltdogs  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD-- Another fantastic start at the Birdcage from Matt Wickswat went for naught ...

Scheels Plays of the Week from August 18th-24th  story with video

Zach Borg has your Scheels Plays of the Week from August 18th-24th. ...

Wiggins happy to be in Minnesota  story with video

The 4 newest Timberwolves met their fans at the Minnesota State Fair Tuesday and Andrew ...

IFL Expansion includes Barnstormers  story with video  Aug. 27

Missouri is ready for SDSU, Zenner  story with video  Aug. 27

Birds dominated by Bisenius  story with video  Aug. 26

Garretson shuts out SFC girls in soccer  story with video  Aug. 26

Warriors lose VB opener  story with video  Aug. 26

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top