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5/20/2014 5:50:00 PM
Toddler dies in tragedy at Shadow Lakes
Photo by Tonya MichalecTHE MAJORITY of the 900 plus residents that live within Shadow Lakes have waterfront property on the many ponds and canals that run throughout the gated subdivision.
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Photo by Tonya Michalec

THE MAJORITY of the 900 plus residents that live within Shadow Lakes have waterfront property on the many ponds and canals that run throughout the gated subdivision.
by Tonya Michalec
Staff writer

The Braidwood Police Department (BPD) received a 911 call shortly before 4:30 p.m. reporting a missing child. Police officer Vern Reed was the first to arrive at the address on Flora Fern Road.

"From the time the call came in from Wescom, units were there within just minutes," said police chief Rich Girot. "We take everything missing very serious - especially missing kids, they are helpless."

According to Chief Girot, in the short time between the 911 call and the arrival of the first officer, the grandfather found the missing child in a body of water near the home. He was holding her in his arms when Officer Reed pulled to a stop. She was not breathing.

"This is the worst possible scenario that could happen, arriving to the scene of a missing child report to find a lifeless child in the arms of a family member - it breaks our hearts," Chief Girot said.

Officer Reed took the child from her grandfather's arms and immediately began performing CPR in an effort to revive her.

For the rest of the story pick up a copy of the May 21 Braidwood Journal.

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