By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — A Dearborn teen is being called a hero after he lost his own life Aug. 11 while saving his sister’s during a family outing along the Huron River near Scio Township.
Abdulrahman Labak, 14, his sister and father were canoeing and swimming when the sister struggled to stay float.
Labak jumped into the river and attempted to save his sister’s life when he began drowning.
The family was visiting friends and other relatives who had traveled from California when the incident occurred.
Witnesses and passersby were unable to locate Labak in the river, when they called for help.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene near Zeeb and Peters roads about 3:45 p.m. to assist.
The Washtenaw County dive team was able to find Labak about 4:22 p.m. and emergency responders attempted CPR before transporting him to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor where he was pronounced dead.
His sister was admitted to the hospital for her injuries where she is expected to recover and another sibling also was treated for minor injuries after assisting in the search.
His funeral as held Aug. 12 at Chas Verheyden Funeral Home, 7100 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.
One condolence shared on the funeral home website was written by a family who had met Labek on the Huron River.
“We met you on the river yesterday,” Mary Beth Dunklee wrote. “My heart was stolen by Abdul’s beautiful and brave sisters. We have been praying and praying and praying for all of you. Our heartfelt condolences. The Dunklee Family.”
Labak was known for his love of sports, funny personality and close connection to his faith by friends and family.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)