Posted: May 19, 2014 7:25:53 AM PDT
Beginning on Sunday various media sources provided information that the 7 year old that had been swept down Whatcom Creek had passed away. Media sources are accurately relaying information from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Whatcom Support Officer Community Care personnel responded to the scene, on the day of the drowning, and provided for the immediate needs of the family. Support Officer personnel have continued to assist the family as they try to make sense of this tragedy.
The parents of the 7 year old victim provided the following statement to the Bellingham Police Department via Support Officers. The parents have continued to request privacy as they grieve the loss of their son. This is the information that they wish to share with the public:
“We would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers. We are especially grateful for the efforts of each and every one of Bellingham's rescue teams, Police and Fire departments, and most importantly, the medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and Seattle's Children's Hospital. Because of them, we got the opportunity to be with our son for a couple days longer. We will forever be indebted to them for their care and determination in saving our baby boy.
Although we have lost him, we are comforted in knowing that our pain and heartbreak was not in vain. He had dreamed of becoming a hero by being a firefighter. And although that dream did not come to fruition, he was able to be a hero to three different individuals and their families, as well as medical research, through organ donation. We have no doubt that that is what he would have wanted. We believe he was an angel with a mission and he fulfilled that mission when he was returned to God. Our little angel is the hero that he's always wanted to be and we take pride in the short time that we had with him, as he touched each person that he ever crossed paths with.
He will never be forgotten and forever be in our hearts. Please continue to pray for our family through this pain and appreciate your time with your loved ones.”
Bob Vander Yacht, Lieutenant
Bellingham Police Department