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(SD)-State Rep/Retired Police Chief Tieszen Drowns Trying To Rescue Brother-In-Law

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/23/2017 08:13 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State Representative and retired Rapid City police chief Craig Tieszen and his brother-in-law drowned Wednesday in an accident in the South Pacific.

       New Zealand's state-run television network TVNZ says the 68-year old Tieszen and 61-year old Brent Moline, both of Rapid City, were in the Cook Islands, about 3,000 miles south of Hawaii, attending a family reunion and wedding

        TVNZ says the two were kayaking outside a reef in Avana Harbour when Moline's kayak capsized and Tieszen tried to rescue him. Instead, both men drowned.

       Tieszen spent 32 years in law enforcement before retiring as police chief of Rapid City in 2007, then won election to the State Senate the following year and was easily reelected in 2012.

        When he was term-limited last year, he ran for the State House from District 34 and won election, then was quickly chosen to chair the House Retirement Laws Committee.

     Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a statement calling Tieszen as "a good man and a dedicated public servant (whose) loss is very sad."

       Daugaard says Tieszen spent his life serving the public, first in law enforcement, then in the legislature...describing him as "a thoughtful and conscientious legislator, and a leader on criminal justice issues (who) more importantly was a true gentleman who was respected by all who knew him."

       Daugaard will order flags to fly at half-staff statewide in honor of Tieszen, but a date for the funeral has not yet been set.


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