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Latino boy dies after saving friend from frozen pond

By Yanis De Palma

A Feb. 7 rescue attempt by an 11-year-old Latino boy from Queens, N.Y., has made national headlines.
New York City area media outlets identified the boy as Anthony Perez, who died after trying to save his friend from drowning in an icy pond. Both Perez and his friend, Juan Umpierrez, were reportedly playing on a pond inside Forest Park when Umpierrez fell through the ice. Immediately, Perez jumped into the water to save his friend’s life. According to the Washington Post, Umpierrez made it out of the water and Perez didn’t.
Fire department rescuers tried to save Perez. Although they pulled him out of the water, the boy had been there for at least several minutes and wasn’t breathing. He was dead upon arrival at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. According to The New York Times, the firefighters who rescued the boy were treated at a local hospital for hypothermia.
On Monday morning (Feb. 12), loved ones gathered for a funeral Mass to say their final goodbyes to Perez.
Following the incident, authorities are advising parents to not let their children play near ponds during extreme temperatures.
“We implore parents – make sure your kids know the ice on these lakes and ponds is not safe,” the Fire Department of the City of New York tweeted on its official Twitter page.

Niño latino muere después de salvar a amigo de un estanque congelado

Un intento de rescate, el 7 de febrero, por parte de un niño latino de 11 años de Queens, N.Y., ha llegado a los titulares nacionales.
Los medios de comunicación del área de la ciudad de Nueva York identificaron al niño como Anthony Pérez, quien murió después de intentar salvar a su amigo de ahogarse en un estanque helado. Tanto Pérez como su amigo, Juan Umpierrez, estaban jugando en un estanque dentro de Forest Park cuando Umpierrez cayó por el hielo. Inmediatamente, Pérez saltó al agua para salvar la vida de su amigo. Según el Washington Post, Umpierrez logró salir del agua y Pérez no.
Los rescatistas del departamento de bomberos intentaron salvar a Pérez. Aunque lo sacaron del agua, el niño había estado allí durante al menos varios minutos y no respiraba. Al llegar al Hospital Jamaica Medical Center estaba muerto. Según The New York Times, los bomberos que rescataron al niño fueron tratados en un hospital local por hipotermia.
El lunes por la mañana (12 de febrero), los seres queridos se reunieron para una misa fúnebre para despedirse de Pérez.
Luego del incidente, las autoridades aconsejan a los padres que no permitan que sus hijos jueguen cerca de estanques durante temperaturas extremas.
«Rogamos a los padres: asegúrense de que sus hijos sepan que el hielo en estos lagos y estanques no es seguro», tuiteó el Departamento de Bomberos de la ciudad de Nueva York en su página oficial de Twitter.



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