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Falls Park rescue anniversary, remembering two heroes

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Hundreds of people showed up at Falls Park in central Sioux Falls Friday to celebrate the lives of two heroic young people.

Lyle Eagle Tail and Madison Wallace drowned one year ago today, trying to save the life of Wallace's little brother.

The boy made it out of the water alive and the bodies of his saviors were pulled out days later.

It was a very emotional ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye.

Lyle Eagle Tail may not be here today, but his relatives say they can feel his spirit here.

"I think of him every day. He's a warrior. It makes me feel sad. I went out there and sat with him for a while and I got to pray," said Samuel Eagle Tail, Lyle's uncle.

A mother losing her son -- the heroic act of saving a stranger came as no surprise.

"He always has a kind heart. That's why I think he jumped in because he had a kind heart," said Margaret Eagle Tail, Lyle's mother.

Kevin Krall was Madison's neighbor in Vermillion. He came to place flowers in the park in her honor.

"The kids kind of came over to our house everyday because we're retired and they played and we got to know Madison -- not as well as the others. She was kind of shy, very spiritual," said Krall.

'Sacrifice meets courage. Integrity meets life. Timeless virtues, instant Heaven' -- ten words Krall says pertain to these young heroes.

People from all walks of life were there to celebrate their sacrifice -- even people who never met Lyle or Madison showed up to show their support.

"He set an example of unity of people coming together to be able and support and help one another -- is just the way it should be all the time. And we miss him. And we see how many hearts he's touched. He was a special persona. And he touched a lot of hearts," said Caroline Quick Bear, Lyle's great aunt.

"Just really proud of my brother and I still don't accept it but I miss him a lot," said Alexa Eagle Tail, Lyle's sister.

"I just miss him too much. But I'm just very proud of my son," said Lyle's mother.

"I know that he's happy and he looks down on us, that he's thought of in a good way," said Lyle's uncle.

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