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Family of hiker who died at Horsetail Falls said she lived for her children

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Stephanie Cohen with her son on the trail just before the accident Sunday. (Cohen Family) Stephanie Cohen with her son on the trail just before the accident Sunday. (Cohen Family)
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

The family of Stephanie A. Cohen, 37, said the mother of four lived for her kids, and Sunday she died saving one of them.

Multnomah County medical examiners identified Cohen on Monday morning, after she and one of her twin 3-year-old sons fell 50 to 60 feet off of a cliff and then slid 20 – 30 feet down another steep slope through trees and debris.

At this point, it appears it was just a horrible accident. 

According to her family, Cohen, her partner and four children were walking the trail near Horsetail Falls when the 3-year-old ran ahead. Cohen caught up with the boy just as he tripped on a rock and began to fall over the cliff. She reached out to catch him and both went over the edge.

Family members said that Cohen was still conscious and asking for her son when help arrived. They say she died shortly after finding out he survived. 

The boy was taken to the hospital in serious condition after the fall and was released Monday afternoon.

Family members tell FOX 12 he's doing miraculously well all things considered, and they believe that's likely because of his mother's heroic actions to catch him. 

Cohen was the daughter of Portland restaurateur Lisa Schroeder, the chef and owner at Mother’s Bistro and Bar. 

Schroeder tells FOX 12  the main mission of her restaurant is to celebrate mothers and food. Now, she’s lost her only child and her four grandchildren are without a mom, a week before Mother's Day. 

Schroeder describes Cohen as a beautiful, vibrant and loving woman and says she is devastated by this loss.  

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