Kansas Man Dies Trying to Rescue 8 People

ARGONIA, Kan. (AP) A 47-year-old man who died trying to save 8 people from a rain-swollen river in southern Kansas is being remembered as a popular guy who always tried to help others.

Five people on a blowup raft got into trouble on the Chikaskia River in Sumner County Saturday night, and three firefighters became trapped trying to rescue them. Dennis Rhodes, a former emergency worker from Argonia who lives nearby, went into the raging water to help.

Authorities said Rhodes was knocked off his feet by the powerful current and carried downstream. He was pulled from the water and rushed to Via Christi Regional Medical Center where he died.

The eight people in the river were rescued by a Sedgwick County crew.

Rhodes' sister, Tammi Florentin, told The Wichita Eagle that her brother was doing what he had always done -- trying to help.