3 years after ice tragedy, positive changes along Sandusky River - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

3 years after ice tragedy, positive changes along Sandusky River

Posted: Updated:
SANDUSKY COUNTY, Ohio -

A little more than three years ago, three young boys died in the Sandusky River after falling through the ice.  Now, a sign warns of the danger at that location.  Out of this community's profound sorrow, there are new things in place to prevent similar tragedies.

Rafael Villanueva, Da'Vontae Everett, and Jay'Den Taylor-Everett passed away on January 24, 2010.  Because of the horror of that day, the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department has teamed up with the Coast Guard, and some other agencies, and started a Water and Ice Safety program.

"We were hoping to [reach] about 5,000 kids on the first year, and we ended up doing 8,000 to 10,000 the first year.  The second year, we were able to do 12,000 to 13,000 kids.  Our main statement that we take to the schools is that NO ICE IS SAFE ICE, and then we train them on self-rescue techniques," Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Zimmerman told us.

Now, he says they share their message and demonstrations with adults, too.  They also now train others in the fire service and beyond to take the same program to their communities.

The tragedy of 3 years ago has also led to more equipment.

"Before January 24, 2010, we did not have boats, water rescue gear, ice equipment..." Chief Zimmerman told us.

Now, they, as well as other departments along the Sandusky River, are more equipped.

To hear remarkable stories of survival from residents of northwest Ohio who have fallen into ice, tune in to 13abc on Wednesday evening.

  • Storm TeamMore>>

  • Warmer temps impact local crops

    Warmer temps impact local crops

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:36:04 GMT
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."Scott Heckathorn and his team are racing to find answers for how plants react to heat.  He's watched them adapt over
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."
  • Toledo sets another record low

    Toledo sets another record low

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:31:35 GMT
    This morning's low temperature fell to 19 degrees which broke another record low. The old record was set 139 years ago when the temperature fell to 20 degrees. While today is the first time this month
    Old record was set in 1875.
  • Icy roads and snow lead to wrecks

    Icy roads and snow lead to wrecks

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:10:11 GMT
    We talked about accumulating snow for more than a week leading up to last night but that didn't make the bitter pill any easier to swallow.  Rain's transition into snow led to icy conditions, as you likely
    Many areas pick up 2"+ of snow overnight.
  • LocalMore>>

  • Workers walked off the job at Piston Automotive

    Workers walked off the job at Piston Automotive

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:59:06 GMT
    Some workers at Piston Automotive walked off the job on Thursday morning. They are asking for UAW representation and say the company is refusing to acknowledge that. We have a reporter on the scene
    Some workers at Piston Automotive walked off the job on Thursday morning. They are asking for UAW representation and say the company is refusing to acknowledge that. We have a reporter on the scene
  • Breaking News

    Update: One body found, three still missing

    Officials find boat capsized, boaters still missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:41:51 GMT
    The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boat with at least three people on board.Officials say they received a report of a 21-foot bath boat that hadn't returned when it was expected.They say the boaters
    Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirms they have located the missing fishing boat, partially submerged, near Toussaint Reef. No sign of the four on board.
  • Springfield Schools outline levy options

    Springfield Schools outline levy options

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:12:28 GMT
    The Springfield Local School District is trying to figure out how to balance its books.Steep increases in healthcare costs, flat revenue and declining property values have school leaders tossing around
    Springfield school leaders meet with taxpayers to discuss possible levy options for upcoming elections.

Weather: Home | Forecast | Radar | Cams

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Breaking News

    Update: One body found, three still missing

    Officials find boat capsized, boaters still missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:41:51 GMT
    The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boat with at least three people on board.Officials say they received a report of a 21-foot bath boat that hadn't returned when it was expected.They say the boaters
    Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirms they have located the missing fishing boat, partially submerged, near Toussaint Reef. No sign of the four on board.
  • Bomb hoax won’t discourage local marathon runners

    Bomb hoax won’t discourage local marathon runners

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:10:37 GMT
    Boston police have stepped up patrols near the marathon finish line on Wednesday following a bomb hoax. Kevin Edson is facing several charges. He is accused of placing a backpack near the finish line
    "I'm not afraid to go," says Cathy Meier of Findlay. "It never once occurred to me to be afraid to go."
  • Workers walked off the job at Piston Automotive

    Workers walked off the job at Piston Automotive

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:59:06 GMT
    Some workers at Piston Automotive walked off the job on Thursday morning. They are asking for UAW representation and say the company is refusing to acknowledge that. We have a reporter on the scene
    Some workers at Piston Automotive walked off the job on Thursday morning. They are asking for UAW representation and say the company is refusing to acknowledge that. We have a reporter on the scene

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!

  • Weather LinksMore>>

  • Daily First Warning Forecast

    Forecast

    Updated at least three times a day.
    Updated at least three times a day.
  • Live Doppler 13000

    Live Doppler

    The area's most accurate radar.
    The area's most accurate radar.
  • Live Action Cams

    Live Cams

    Click for a bigger picture! Veteran's Glass City Skyway Maumee River Cedar Point Archbold Spring Meadows Airport Hwy at I-475W I-475 at SR 25 I-475 at US 23 I-475 at Corey Rd SR 795 at
    Check out our live action cam network, from the Downtown Toledo to Cedar Point