- Published on 22 May 2012
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Despite all heroic efforts by first responders, bystanders and corresponding medical care, Sheri Fuller-Bruns, 49, of Wilber, died Saturday, two days after being pulled from her SUV after it was spotted in an NRD lake.
Law enforcement as well as bystanders fought hard to rescue her last Thursday morning at the scene off Shimerda St. in Wilber.
An unknown medical incident may have been the cause of the accident from which passersby found Fuller-Bruns’ vehicle in the lake just off the road northwest of Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools Thursday morning.
Wilber Police Chief Stephen Sunday and a contingent of Saline County deputies, on and off-duty, as well as some of their family members swam out into the lake to pull Fuller-Bruns to safety.
Deputies arrived on the scene and went to work, wading into the water to help. Sgt. Rich Zimmerman and Deputy Mitch Novak offered aid.
Deputy Capt. Jeff Mulbery, his wife, Amber and their 19-year-old son, Cody were on the scene. Cody, a lifeguard looking to renew his certification, used his skills to help get Fuller-Bruns to the water’s edge.
Wilber Rescue responded and a mutual aid call to Crete Rescue’s dive team was cancelled when it was reported only Fuller-Bruns had been alone in the vehicle.
She was transported to Crete Area Medical Center by Wilber Rescue and to Bryan LGH Trauma Center in Lincoln by StarCare helicopter, where she passed away Saturday.
Services are Thursday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at Heckman Auditorium, Doane College. See The Crete News online obituaries for a full notice.