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Boy Dies After Falling Through Ice on Forest Park Pond After Saving Friend, NYPD says

Boy dies after trying to save a friend on Strack Pond (FDNY Twitter)

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.

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