Palatine Fire Department news, 11-23-22

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Two young brothers died after they fell into an icy pond while visiting their grandmother in Palatine. Hours after Palatine firefighters pulled the boys from the pond Wednesday afternoon both youths died at local hospitals. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boys as Romalice Brooks, 6, and Ro’Siah Brooks, 4.

Their causes of death remained under investigation Friday morning, said Johnnie Kearney, an investigator with the medical examiner’s office.

Their mother, Teghan Ivy, said her sons were visiting their grandmother with her Wednesday. Ivy said she was inside when she heard her sons screaming her name and looked to see them struggling in the pond’s icy waters. She tried to save her sons but also fell through the ice and couldn’t reach them.

“I heard them, ‘Mommy! Mommy!’ And, I came outside. I did the only thing I knew to do. I took off my shoes and I got on that ice and tried to get them. I didn’t make it to them,” Ivy told WLS-TV. “The ice cracked and I fell in, too.”

Both boys were submerged for nearly 20 minutes before rescue divers pulled them from the pond.

The siblings’ relatives are now raising money for their burial through a GoFundMe campaign that has a goal of raising $15,000.

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  • #1 by crabbymilton on November 29, 2022 - 5:56 AM

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    How very heart breaking to read this. Yes, I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will be with this family now and forevermore. Those ponds and lakes look so fun and inviting but so dangerous if the temps are just enough to freeze but not sustained cold enough to give it a thick cover. If uncertain just stay away and admire it at a distance.

  • #2 by Evan Davis on November 28, 2022 - 7:37 PM

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    Praying for God’s peace and comfort for Teghan and the rest of the boys family and friends as well as those involved in finding the boys.

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