Family Friend Dies While Saving Autistic 6-Year-Old During BBQ (VIDEO)

A little boy fell into the Hudson River during a community barbecue in Yonkers, New York, and the good news is that several people jumped in after the 6-year-old boy, Stephan Jones, who was rescued. The bad news is that one of the heroes never made it back out alive.


The boy, who was autistic and non-verbal, loved water and reportedly climbed over a fence and jumped into the non-swimming zone.

He was quickly pulled to safety after four Good Samaritans rushed into the water to rescue him. Unfortunately, a 40-year-old man, identified as Boyce Coleman, died in his attempt. The Hudson River can be a notoriously difficult body of water to swim in. Coleman was reportedly exhausted from his efforts of saving the boy and succumbed to the current.

Sadly, this isn't the first time we've heard of a scenario like this. Last year, Michael Patterson jumped into a creek to save a 4-year-old boy who was drowning. He broke his neck in three places, was paralyzed, and eventually died.

In June, a father of four lost his life after saving a 14-year-old girl from drowning. Horribly, his children saw the entire struggle.

I don't think many of us would hesitate to jump into waters after another human being, especially a child. It's something you just do instinctually, without thinking.

Fortunately, many times this works out and a Good Samaritan walks away a hero, and a life is saved. Tragically, sometimes it doesn't work out.

In this case, not just one, but several people risked their lives to save a little boy's. All of them had something to lose. Their lives. Their families. And yet they did it.

The boy's mom, Thelma Martin, reportedly counted Coleman as a friend, and although she is relieved her son is safe, she is mourning the loss of her friend and hero. She told 7Online News:

It's hard, because he went to save my son, but he didn't come back with him. And it hurts. It hurts me.

What a terrible tragedy. This mom and this little boy will live for the knowledge forever that a man gave his life for them. Let's take a moment to remember him and his sacrifice.

What would you have done?


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