Teen who drowned described as 'big brother to all'

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SALEM, Ore. -- Family members and bystanders struggled to save a 14-year-old boy from drowning Monday afternoon at Three Pools recreational area in rural Marion County but were unsuccessful.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Chris Baldridge described their efforts to save Sean Kaleopa as “heroic.”

He said Kaleopa had been swimming with family. At some point they noticed that he was missing and went looking for him. They found him at the bottom of a pool of water.

“Sean was pulled from the pool and a human chain was formed to extricate him from the river's edge,” Baldridge said. “CPR was performed on Sean by citizens and responding fire personnel, however Sean could not be resuscitated.”

Kaleopa attended Houck Middle School in Salem.

His family said he was a “big brother to all.” He loved football and was active in a number of sports.

Three Pools recreational area is 12 miles northwest of the city of Detroit, Ore.