Two children rescued from pond in Swansea

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SWANSEA, IL (KTVI) – Two young brothers fell through the ice in Swansea, Illinois Tuesday night. The person who saved the day was just a few years older.  It all happened, at the old Star Brewery pond in Centennial Park.  The boys survived.  When the boys’ grandmother, Ginger Mordis, heard the news she raced to the park.  Mordis said, “My heart was pounding the whole way here.”  Her daughter, who did not want her name disclosed, said, “I thought I was going to have a heart attack.”

The boys are ages 6 and nine.  They were with their 47-year-old great uncle Richard Mordis.  He said, “We got down there and by the time I told them no, I didn’t know how thick it was, they was already on it.  They were like I oh its good. We’ve been here last year. I figured it was safe.”

It was shallow where the youngsters went in; their heads never went under the frigid water. The uncle got soaked dragging them out.  An 11-year-old brother on shore kept his wits about him and called 9-1-1 and saved the day.  The boy’s mother said, “He’s the one with cerebral palsy and autism but yet he reacted the proper way.”

Ginger Mordis added, “Thank God they’re still alive you know thank God they’re all alive.

Swansea Fire Chief John McGuire said, “We’ve been on some (incidents like this) that didn’t turn out like this.”

Richard Mordis said, “You can’t tell, it could be thick in one spot and thin at the other. Madden: Never again? Mordis:  Never again.”

The boys were warmed up, first in the Fire Chief’s vehicle and then in an ambulance.  To be safe and sure the mother had the boys taken to the hospital to be checked out.



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