MI Man Dies after Rescuing Couple from Lake

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An ice fisherman who pulled two friends out of a west Michigan lake earlier this week died shortly after the rescue.

Family and friends say he died doing what he loved most - fishing and helping those in need.

A 'Great' Outdoorsman

Nothing could keep 63-year-old Martin Allerding from his passion of the great outdoors - not even a diagnosed heart condition.

"He told them I'm going do what I like to do," Martin's son, Marty said. "I fish, I hunt, I do those things whether I got heart problems or not."

When friends Wayne and Nancy Seeley fell through frozen Middle Lake on Monday, Martin used an auger to pull them out.

Doctors believe that physical exertion caused the fatal heart attack he suffered just 45 minutes later.

Marty calls his father a hero.

"It made me proud to know he was helping someone else out," Marty said.

Those who knew Martin say he was always a Good Samaritan to those in need.

"We lost a good person, lost somebody we loved, but we've got a lot of wonderful memories," Martin's ex-wife, Susan Alexander said.

"My dad was a real caring person," Marty said. "Didn't matter who it was, he cared a lot about people, and he proved it."

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