On Sunday, I wrote a post about Russell Jenkins attempt to save a 5 year old boy who had fallen into an icy pond that is located in an apartment complex.
James passed on Thursday evening. At that time the little boy was in life-threatening condition according to the information released from the hospital.
Elijah T. Walker passed yesterday evening.
My heart felt sympathy goes out to his family for the loss of their loved one.
Russell's family has been receiving a lot of support from the community here and nationwide. I had the opportunity to connect with his brother this morning. Even though Elijah did not survive, he believes that Russell's efforts were not in vain because he showed the contents of his heart by doing the right thing.
I am going to say this because it is in order to do so.
People who live in cold weather climates have the responsibility to teach their children about the danger that lies within winter seasonal weather.
This is not a put down or a chide in any manner. It is a reminder that children do not often know what is dangerous and what is not.
A frozen pond is an inviting play space. Under the right conditions that can happen safely. But that same frozen pond can also be a death trap. There is no way to know which one of those characteristics exist without some prior testing of how sturdy the ice is. There are a lot of elemental factors that have to be in place to render a frozen mass of water safe to be on. A young child does not have that type of information to work off of.
Please lift these two families up in your positive thoughts and prayers. They are both hurting over the loss of their loved ones.