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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) -The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the child who drowned at a community pool on the 6000 block of Grand Champion boulevard in north Fort Worth as 6-year-old Micah Wheeler.
A family friend at the child’s house spoke on behalf of his grieving loved ones.
Lori Vincent said, “The family is devastated to say the least.”
MedStar confirms when they arrived on the scene shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday bystanders were trying to revive the boy by administering CPR. He was transported by ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital where Wheeler was pronounced dead a short while later.
While speaking for the family, Vincent also took the opportunity to counter allegations that the boy and others children in his group were swimming unsupervised.
She added, “They are the most responsible wonderful little family ever and she was right there in the pool.”
Vincent says the boys mother was in the water beside him when the tragedy happen.
At this point neither the family or police investigators can figure out exactly how the boy drowned.
Meanwhile, MedStar says this is the nine similar emergency they have responded to in Tarrant County just in the last month. Of those nine, three including this latest one have been deadly.
First responders say this is an alarming trend higher than normal, and they fear the upcoming Fourth of July weekend may bring more drownings.
Emergency crews say with so many families headed to the water this weekend they are sending a strong word of caution to parents and adults to be extra vigilant of children who are swimming.
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