Feb. 7, 2018 By Tara Law
An 11-year-old boy died after falling through the ice on Strack Pond in Forest Park on Tuesday.
Anthony Perez, of Glendale, died after walking out on the ice about 50 feet from shore to save his 12-year-old friend who fell through at around 4 p.m.
The 12-year-old managed to get free, while Perez fell though. The 12-year-old went for help in an attempt to save Perez, police said. He alerted his mother, who called 911.
Fire fighters arrived on scene and immediately got into the water, according to a spokesperson for the FDNY. EMS took Perez to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Two firefighters were reportedly taken to the hospital and were treated for hypothermia. The police did not have any information about the condition of the other boy.
Signs are posted around the pond to warn people to stay off the ice, according to the FDNY.
“Although it appears to be thick and sturdy, it can be dangerous,” a spokeswoman said.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, and the investigation is ongoing.
We implore parents – make sure your kids know the ice in the city of New York, on these lakes and ponds, is not safe –#FDNY Deputy Chief Healy from the scene at Forest Park #Queens, where a child was removed from the water after falling through the ice https://t.co/hRjTPmZLHn pic.twitter.com/6CD3T9EyaV
— FDNY (@FDNY) February 6, 2018