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Firefighter haunted by not being able to save boy

The five-year-old by after falling into an icy pond

By Jim Woods
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 5-year-old boy died yesterday, three days after being pulled from an icy pond, and a Columbus fire battalion chief remains haunted by the knowledge that he was only 20 feet from rescuing him.

Elijah T. Walker was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m. at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus police said.

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Greg Loftus Greg Loftus Monday, February 11, 2013 8:29:52 PM A vailant attempt and worthy effort. You did all you knew how to do and more. It is always ice whe you can get tem but unfortunately that is not always the case. You tried and for that we thank you. Respect, Greg
Mike Wellock Mike Wellock Monday, February 11, 2013 9:16:45 PM Many firefighters have been "that close" to saving a life, only to have conditions/circumstances change the outcome. You give it your best shot. That's all that can be expected. Your family (professional and personal) understand this.
Ert Srt Shaft Ert Srt Shaft Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:29:12 AM God Bless
William Earnest William Earnest Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:36:03 AM It's has to be a terrible thanks and respect to all of you who serve the public so nobly.
Brian Krueger Brian Krueger Tuesday, February 12, 2013 9:39:15 AM The one thing that always helps me understand the emotional part of the job is we did not cause it. We are simply doing our best to make the outcome better.
Jim McDaniel Jim McDaniel Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:31:03 AM To come that close to saving a boy and then have them slip away from you is a firefighter's worst nightmare. Chief, you did all that you could to try and save him. Sometimes despite our best efforts, the child was meant to be called home to GOD. Find comfort in the fact that he is now with GOD as part of a divine power.
LyDasha Renee McCrory LyDasha Renee McCrory Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:26:28 AM James russell jenkins was a go friend of mine and i know he is smiling down from heaven in appreciation to the effort that the firefighters and police officers apply to save him and that little boy. His funeral was absolutely beautiful he looks very peaceful. God called his sons home and they both answered yes. Even though i did not know the little boy that lost his lull life so young but in sure he is proud of everyone to. R.I.P RUSSELL AND ELIJAH

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