West Allis man drowns trying to save family dog

CREATED Jul. 7, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- A family is in mourning after a man drowns while trying to save the family dog.  Steven Olewinski's wife jumped into the lake after him, but couldn't save him.

Alex Olewinski wants people to know his father lived a life of service.

"He was so involved with the community with the reserves,” says Alex Olewinski. “He would do anything for you. He was a very kind, loving man."

Steven Olewinski and his wife were on a boat on Shawano Lake. When one of their dogs jumped in, he dove into the water to save the dog. His body was found a few hours later.

Dustin Gallitz tells TODAY’S TMJ4 Steven was like a second dad to him. “I didn't know what to think when I heard the news at first and it still hasn't sunk in yet,” explains Gallitz. “It's not easy."

Olewinski was a captain in the West Allis Police Reserves. His son tells TODAY’S TMJ4 he was set to retire in January.

“He was a very good dad to me. He was always a hero. He would've done this for anybody's dog - anybody's kid – anybody," admits Alex Olewinski.

He tells TODAY’S TMJ4 that his dad spent almost 20 years in the West Allis Police Reserve Unit.