D.C. Personal Injury Lawyer Charles Schulze Dies Rescuing Two Drowning Boys

150px-cornwall_waveThe torts bar lost a hero this week. Washington personal injury lawyer Charles Schulze, 73, of Schulze & Pederson died in his rescue of two drowning boys off Pompano Beach, Florida.

Schulze was walking on the beach with his partner Helen Smith when he saw two boys in distress in the surf. He swam out and rescued the nine-year-old child first and was bringing back the twelve-year-old boy when he appeared to have a heart attack. Schulze had a reputation for helping people and his colleagues warn not surprised that his final act of sacrifice. He made the entire bar proud in his heroism and his two brother, four children, and five grandchildren are receiving the heartfelt condolences for lawyers across the country. I cannot imagine a better way to go then in the act of such a rescue.

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22 thoughts on “D.C. Personal Injury Lawyer Charles Schulze Dies Rescuing Two Drowning Boys”

  1. hi,
    every i really like your comment many knowledgeable information in this site and every articles in this site really very nice thanks for share it.

  2. Also, Schulze is the direct descendant of the American Revolution and the distant cousin of Harry Klinefelter, the name sake of Klinefelter’s syndrome. He was the grandson of Associate Judge Charles Sherrod Hatfield.

  3. Charles Hatfield Schulze is a German-American hero. Auf Wiedersehen, Charles.

  4. Charles son:

    I do not know if you are Charles Schultz’ son or not, but judging from the sincerity of your words, if you are not, you should be. Everyone with a heart sends it out to your family, and while grief is the appropriate emotion, I cannot help believing that pride must walk hand-in hand as well. The world is a poorer place today because of the loss of your father, but paradoxically the example of his life enriches it as well. To live and die on your own terms is the essence of a free man. Your father is the paradigm.

  5. My family is thankful for the kind thoughts about my father Charles or Charlie as he was better known. On April 25th Dad was tested, found, worthy and called by God to heaven. He would not want guilt to attach to anyone over this. It was in his character to act swiftly in such circumstances. He knew the risks and knew what he was doing. It was his decision. His family and friends admire and love him for it. All involved in the rescue effort should be commended. Thank God and thank everyone involved those boys are safe! That is what he wanted. I can say firsthand the boy’s parents are of sterling character and have supported my family through this experience and we thank them too. My father loved Pompano Beach and everyone he knew there. It was his special get away. This is not a tragedy! He died as he lived helping people. At a recent birthday celebration Dad remarked “for me life is heaven on Earth.” We should learn from his gentle influence as life should be heaven on Earth for all of us.

    God Bless

  6. An honorable death.

    I’d say he’s in line for an upgrade when reincarnation rolls around, but it’s hard to go uphill for a guy willing to do that.

    Well met, sir.

    May the halls of Valhalla thunder at your approach.

  7. Thanks for this story Jonathan. It is profoundly moving. To take a real risk in the service of others is both courageous and admirable.


    Domino was using the term in a very good way. It’s c. on your list:
    c. Profoundly moving; touching: a poignant memory. See Synonyms at movin{g}

  8. Sir, nothing to explain. I just thought it was a peculiar choice of words to utilize. That is all.

  9. What is there to explain?

    “Poignant” refers to an effect on the emotions or senses in a manner which is sharp, like a sting, or the pangs of grief and sorrow.

  10. Macaulay might not mind the addition, but he would likely resent this misspelling of his name, which I should have checked before clicking “send.” It’s spelled as follows: Thomas Babington Macaulay.

  11. Just another example of greedy plaintiff PI lawyers placing their own interests above society’s. Schulze was a legendary lawyer(as was his father) and a better person by all accounts. Though I knew him only by reputation, I am not surprised by this story.

    McCauley’s classic poem, “Horatius,” comes to mind:

    Then out spake brave Horatius,
    The Captain of the Gate:
    “To every man upon this earth
    Death cometh soon or late.
    And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers,
    And the temples of his Gods

    I think McCauley wouldn’t mind the adding the words, “to the save the lives of innocents.”

    Hail and Farewell!

  12. Domino, can you please explain if you care to what your above post means? At first blush I was taken a back, However it is your word to use.

    This is out of the Freedictionary.com:

    poign·ant (poinynt) adj.
    a. Physically painful: “Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward” Ambrose Bierce.
    b. Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings: poignant anxiety.
    c. Profoundly moving; touching: a poignant memory. See Synonyms at moving.
    2. Piercing; incisive: poignant criticism.
    a. Neat, skillful, and to the point: poignant illustrations supplementing the text.
    b. Astute and pertinent; relevant: poignant suggestions.
    4. Agreeably intense or stimulating: poignant delight.
    5. Archaic
    a. Sharp or sour to the taste; piquant.
    b. Sharp or pungent to the smell.

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