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Football coach drowns while trying to save one of his players from a Germantown drainage ditch

Germantown Police said Horace Drennan and the boy's father went into the ditch to rescue the boy who fell into the water.

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Germantown Police said Wednesday a football coach died Tuesday evening after he tried to rescue one of his players from a drainage ditch. 

Germantown police and fire responders were sent to Riverdale Park around 6:17 p.m. about a possible drowning. Police said they were initially told a child had fallen into the water and couldn't be found. 

When first responders arrived, they learned the boy's father and another man - the boy's football coach, Horace William Drennan, 37, from Memphis - entered the drainage ditch to rescue the boy after he fell into the water. 

Police said the father and his son got out of the drainage ditch on the north side of Neshoba Road, however, Drennan was initially unable to be found. First responders then located Drennan nearby and he was taken to Methodist Germantown Hospital, where he died. 

The boy was released from the hospital and his father was treated for a minor injury. 

The investigation is active and ongoing. No further details were immediately made available.

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