A Queens boy has passed away at the Jamaica Medical Hospital after he risked his own life to save his friend who fell in a cold pond. The 11-year-old boy with a smiling fixture spent at least half an hour submerged in the ice-cold waters of the Queens pond before the authorities could reach him. Following the event, several firefighters were treated for hypothermia.
Queens Boy Could Not be Reached in Time After Falling in Pond
According to the police report, on Tuesday afternoon, Anthony Perez, an 11-year-old Queens boy, was hanging out around the Strack Pond with his 12-year-old friend. At one point, Anthony’s friend ventured too far on the frozen pond and fell through the paper-thin ice.
Without any regards to his personal safety, the 11-year-old plunged in the ice-cold pond in order to rescue his friend. Unfortunately, after pulling the 12-year-old to safety, Anthony became a prisoner of the pond.
His friend rushed home and asked his parents for help. Minutes later, the Strack Pond was swarming with people trying to help the trapped Queens boy. The authorities arrived shortly after 4:00 p.m. and went chest deep into the water in search for Anthony.
According to the authorities, the boy has been underwater for at least half an hour before the first responders arrived. Both police officers and firefighter were forced to dig through the thick ice with their hands to retrieve the infant.
After being pulled out of the water, the Queens boy was rushed to the Jamaica Medical Center in critical condition. Unfortunately, after only two hours the child was pronounced dead at the hospital. Several firefighters needed medical attention for hypothermia.
Anthony’s family and neighbors said that the kid would be remembered for his smiling fixture and brave deed.
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