The family of a 4-year-old boy who died after falling into an icy pond in Isabella County last year is hoping to prevent the tragedy from happening again.
The family donates this new tool with money raised for a GoFundMe.
John Kenny remembers his son, Spencer Kenny.
“He was just an amazing boy. Full of energy, laughing, joking, running, all energy. He just had a heart of gold,” said John Kelly. “Today is my son’s birthday. We lost him on December 19, just before Christmas.”
Spencer fell through the ice of a pond in Isabella County. Several teams responded, including the Sheriff’s Dive Team and Shepherd’s Fire Department, but by the time they located him he could not be resuscitated.
“This is something Johnny has been talking about since the day we lost Spencer, that he wanted to do something for the dive team, make sure they had the equipment and resources they needed to. that instead of a recovery, it really was a rescue that they were doing, ”said Mashele Mitchell, Spencer’s great aunt.
Mitchell organized a fundraiser to give the dive team an “Aqua Eye”. It uses sonar technology to scan underwater and its price is over $ 5,000, all paid for by the community.
“It really changed our family for the rest of our lives. If we can save someone from this, it’s worth every penny,” Mitchell said.
Captain Kevin Salisbury is a close friend of Kenny and was the first to respond to the pond in which Spencer died. He believes this technology could have changed the outcome that day.
“Where Spencer was found it wasn’t very far from where we were. But it was a murky pond, which made it difficult. To have something with sonar and able to detect something. thing could have found it much faster, ”Salisbury said. noted.
In what should be a happy occasion, Spencer’s family honors his memory by giving hope that the next rescue, if necessary, will have a better outcome.
“The pain of losing your child is terrible. The fact that you can help another family not to go through this is priceless,” said John Kenny.