Bystanders Tried in Vain to Save a Child From Drowning — While Police and EMTs Watched

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(TFTP) “They all just stood and watched,” lamented Patrick Hedican, 28, after a harrowing incident in which he and friends, bystanders, desperately dove deep into a lake to locate and save a drowning child — while police and first responders looked on without assisting.

Submerged in the waters of Carver Lake too long, the 5-year-old boy, later identified as Kendrick Jordan, Jr., did not survive.

Witnesses ordinary civilians tried to save the small child’s life — without any help from police or EMTs.

Hedican and a few friends were playing volleyball on the sandy shores on Saturday, when word traveled among beachgoers a child had gone missing — so they scoured the shoreline, hawkish for the vanished youth.

With the initial, brief search fruitless, Hedican and the others rushed into the water — swimming out from shore, and diving repeatedly — frantic to find the small child before time ran out.

“My buddy Chris, who is an ex-Marine, and me dove in right away. We didn’t see anything. We dove three times and kept going deeper,” Hedican told TwinCities.com.

Still nothing. No thrashing or disturbances on the surface. No signs of life. Then, they swam farther out — past the buoys marking the lake’s designated swimming area. A crowd gathered on land called out to the spontaneous rescuers to stop and form a human chain with them for safety — but time was running out. So they persisted.

“I thought, this kid only has a few minutes to live,” Hedican explained.

Deeper into the water they dove; but with minutes having elapsed, “me and my group of friends decided to dive in separate directions.”

Hedican — operating almost automatically on adrenaline — ultimately dove 25 feet to the bottom of Carver Lake. Looking up from the bottom, he saw the boy floating above him — suspended, motionless, at the top of a clump of seaweed.

Nearly out of breath, Hedican — himself, a father of two small children — pushed off the lake bottom and grabbed the child around his body, pulling him up quickly. As soon as breached the surface, he maneuvered so the boy’s back was to his chest and began to paddle — but they were still around 30 feet from shore.

“He was able to fit with his back on my chest, so I bear hugged him and started back to shore, kicking with my feet and using my arms to keep his head above the water,” Hedican told the outlet.

“When he got closer to the shore,” TwinCities.com reports, “exhaustion overcame him and he started to sink from his efforts to keep the boy’s head above water. A friend swimming to shore beside him, Sierra Sewell, grabbed the boy from Hedican and put him on a flotation device. Other bystanders pulled the flotation device toward shore and carried the boy to a grassy area where paramedics were waiting to perform CPR.”

But, to Hedican, something was amiss — from shallower water, with the boy now in the hands of first responders, he realized police and EMTs had not even waded into the lake to shave time in hopes of saving the child’s life.

In fact, the bystander-turned-rescuer says the group of emergency personnel didn’t even get their shoes wet.

Woodbury Police Department spokesperson, Michelle Okada, balked at the suggestion, duly noting Hedican’s bravery, but explaining that, for police officers to “come out in the water to get them wouldn’t have saved any time.”

“Almost every single one of those responders: police, fire, EMS, almost every one of them have children,” Okada continued, “so they appreciate the high emotions that come with those situations and it does seem like time goes slower in those situations.”

Indeed, though time might have seemed to stand still for the spontaneous lake rescue squad, the minutes they spent attempting to locate Jordan made each second afterward invaluable in reviving him.

Despite bystanders’ quick thinking and lack of hesitation, the minutes trapped underwater proved too much for the 5-year-old — Jordan died after being transported to Regions Hospital.

“I just want people to pray for the boy’s family,” the distraught and irate father opined. “I don’t think I’m a hero. I just acted on what I felt. I watched people who were trained not do a thing until we brought him to them. The kid had minutes to live. Every minute counted. … At least get your knees and boots wet. Make an effort. I get out of the water and all of you are dry. He was just a baby, a five-year-old. They all just stood and watched.”

Hedican wasn’t alone in excoriating so-called first responders for inaction on Saturday — a number of outraged witnesses took to social media to explain what had happened — and condemn, publicly, inaction by personnel well-trained to handle such an incident.

“Everybody that was here just hopped in, clothes on, didn’t matter. We just wanted that little boy to be safe,” one woman wrote in now-deleted post to social media, as quoted by TwinCities.com. “Everybody EXCEPT the police And whoever said that the officer ‘coordinated’ the human chain is WRONG. We formed it before the police even got there. They arrived and stood at the shore for several minutes and looked LOST, like a deer in head lights, looking to every day citizens to save this little boy.”

Another observer wrote starkly,

“Today I witnessed several officers and EMT’s sit back and do absolutely nothing as a 5 year old boy was drowning in Carver Lake. They sat at the shores and watched as the rest of us were in that lake looking for him. After 10 minutes of us looking for him someone finally pulled the child up from the water. An innocent, lifeless little boy who was under water for over 10 minutes. And not one person with a uniform was in the water.”

Still, Okada and the Woodbury Police Department insist officers — whom she said had only been on the scene for three minutes when the child was pulled from the water — and EMTs stepping in to help would have instead interfered and worsened the situation,

“Based on the time frame, the timing from when the first officer arrived, even if he was trained to do water rescue, it wouldn’t have been productive for him to jump right in the water.

“Keeping that time frame in mind for an officer to jump in the water not knowing wouldn’t be the best use of that time. What officers were doing as they arrived on scene were gathering information from multiple people on what was going on and deciding where to focus their efforts.”

She added, “By the time they found the body it was less than a minute before CPR was started. As you can imagine it would seem like forever.”

While seconds can indeed feel like minutes during a traumatic situation, beachgoers and civilian rescuers find the trained personnel culpable of not performing the full extent of their duties to save the small child — the police department’s response, thus, flippant disregard for their concerns.

Officials asserted — in light of the concerted effort by witnesses — nothing more could have been done to save Kendrick Jordan, Jr.’s life.

A GoFundMe campaign — with a modest goal of just $10,000 — has been created to assist with funeral expenses.

That a young father of two small children and his volleyball buddies — not police officers and emergency medical technicians — jumped into Carver Lake to save a child, no questions asked, left many witnesses to the incident bitter.

“Where I’m standing,” Hedican maintained, “it was wrong.”


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  • harry323

    Did any of the responders have training in water rescue? To assume that all police officers, firefighters and EMT’s have water rescue training is short sighted.

    • David E

      Did the civilians who made an effort to save the boy have training in water rescue? I will bet they did not, yet that didn’t stop them.

      And why dispatch the police at all if they are not appropriate to rescue a drowning boy?

      • juskom95

        Considering that it was a Marine that saved him, they actually DO have that kind of training.

        You are ignorant, and that is using nice terms. Dispatchers do not have a list of exact conditions of the situation, they also don’t have a list of qualifications of who is responding.

        You are an ignorant cop-hater, nothing more.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          And you are five giant leaps PAST ignorant, cumswiller. FuckOFF. And DIE.

        • David E

          First of all, the marine didn’t SAVE the boy. He died. Secondly, the fact one of them was a marine does not make all the persons who attempted rescue marines. Plenty of people were helping try to find the boy who weren’t marines and probably didn’t have any water rescue training.

          Thirdly. marines get water survival training, which is different from water rescue.

          Finally, being a cop lover and supporter makes you a hater of the people.

          If you were present, would you act more similarly to the untrained and unqualified common person rescuer, or the cops who couldn’t bother doing anything more than talk to people for their reports? I bet you’d just stand around mimicking your undeserved heroes, otherwise known as legalized murderers, thieves and rapists.

          • BR549

            “Finally, being a cop lover and supporter makes you a hater of the people.”

            I think the term for that genre is “holster-sniffer”. To them, the police can do no wrong. While we don’t have all the particulars here, I would like to have thought that if two cops showed up, at least one of them would have had the moxie to secure his weapon with the other officer, while kicking his shoes off and racing for the shore.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Also known as “boot-licker,” “toady,” “minion,” and my favorite – “copsucker.”

          • Elaine.Benes, II

            You go Dave!

          • David E

            thx Laney.

        • Jeff

          David is neither ignorant nor a cop-hater.

          • Elaine.Benes, II

            That’s right.

          • Jeff

            Told you I’d be back Laney.

            CB.

          • Elaine.Benes, II

            Is this my OB that’s C?

          • Jeff

            Yep. Been under an extreme amount of stress lately. Bad neighbors and such. Not feeling very well. The heat is not helping much either.

          • David E

            I appreciate the support, and you’re correct; I am as quick to praise a cop (an individual that is) when it is deserved as I am to condemn when that is likewise deserved. As far as an institution, cops can suck balls.

          • Jeff

            I met with our Chief today (again) and he is a good man. We sat out under my shade tree and had a good conversation. He sees the same things going on as we do.

            Most of the cops today are hungry to kill. It is a mental defect brought on by indoctrination. They see us as enemies.

            CB

        • rouge1

          To be in the Navy you had to tread water for 10 minutes and I bet that’s waved now.

          • David E

            lol nice pun

      • harry323

        The civilians were right on the spot to respond. By the time police arrive, the situation is already going from rescue to a recovery. How long can you hold your breath. To blame responders for the boys death is an emotional response.

        • Jeff

          And the very height of “assholery” Harry.

          This is what we are battling against and we are losing.

          • harry323

            Yes Jeff, resort to name calling when you have no real credibility.

          • Jeff

            Whom did I call a name?

            CB

        • David E

          Problem is the people who witnessed it do not feel the same way. THEY are blaming the police for inaction. You’re contradicting the witnesses in order to coverup for lazy cowardly pigs. And no-one is blaming them for the boy dying–they are being blamed for doing nothing to help try to save him.

          • harry323

            By the time the police officers took off and secured all their equipment, the kid would be dead – DEAD! Ever try swimming with 20 – 30 pounds of extra non-floating gear on. It was a recovery operation. The peoples emotions were high.

          • David E

            No way to know that the kid would be dead by that time. If they were worthy of being of public servants, they’d have been in the water..

            Maybe you can get to be the victim of a violent crime, and when you call 911 for help, I hope the cops stop for donuts on the way on the theory you’ll be dead anyway by the time they get there and that way they’ll have donuts to enjoy while they work on recovering your body.

          • harry323

            I was robbed at knifepoint once. An interesting experience. I don’t rely upon police officers to protect me.

          • David E

            I’m not saying anyone should rely on police as this story provides ample evidence of how stoopid that can be. What I am saying is that when they ARE present, they should do more than just stand around making notes when people are dying. Except you of course, you should reap what you sow.

    • junktex

      Ridiculous response Bubba

      • harry323

        Only ridiculous to someone that most likely never had to respond …

    • Were any of the non-responders being paid by the drowned child’s parents out of their taxes???

      • rebecca

        Spot On! Good, valid point!

        • They were getting paid, but not doing their job!

  • Jeff

    Anybody ever think of teaching that young’un to swim?

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Just recently, a 22 year old drowned in a local reservoir – not because he couldn’t swim, but because he got caught up in a patch of “seaweed,” as it appears happened to this kid.

      • Jeff

        Though I understand this, the 22-year-old made a choice. I almost died surfing a Hurricane up in Jersey. Long board. Rip took me. My choice.

        I am a highly trained SCUBA diver.

        Yet the Ocean almost took me that day.

        The “first responders” are us, Rev.

        CB

  • Restore the Republic

    Police are not here to save or protect you, they exist as loyal subjects to the Government to collect taxes from you. Monetary punishment is not Justice, it is simply Maritime Admiralty Law. In the old days they were called Noble Knights with a shield and a sword, today the badge is still called the shield. There can be no King with no loyal servants…….there can be no tyranny without a King…..Nothing new under the sun…..wake up people.

    • junktex

      Exactly.We could easily do without them as some cash-strapped communities are discovering.

    • Jeff

      Tell them, brother.

      CB

    • lfthndthrds

      Tell’em bro.

    • lfthndthrds

      Tell’em bro

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Waitaminnit! Are you saying that the whole “first responders are heroes” narrative is nothing but ass?
    Aaaaauuuuuugggghhhhh! My entire worldview has been turned upside down! I don’t know how I’ll get through the rest of my life! Literally shaking!

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Next time we see an official “first responder” in jeopardy, WE’LL sit back and watch THEM DIE TOO. Pass the popcorn, please…..

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      With butter and garlic powder and Parmesan cheese?

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        And sea salt…..lotsa sea salt.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          Doc tells me to go easy on the salt – which isn’t hard for me, since I use so little anyway.

          I don’t even use salt when I cook, preferring spices.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Oh yeah, me too with regular meal-type food, but popcorn? C’mon. It’s like eating puffapuffa cardboard w/o salt.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            The butter has plenty of salt for me.

          • harry323

            I avoided salt for decades. Now my doctor says that I have low sodium … I can’t win.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Yup.

            Everything is good for you, except for when it’s bad for you, except for when it’s good for you.

          • RMS1911

            Catch 22
            it’s more profitable.

      • Jeff

        Mmmm… you speak my language.

        I do Milo the same way.

        CB

        • David E

          Are you saying that you pop the grain milo (sorghum)? That;s interesting.

          • Jeff

            Yep. Tiny popcorn. Been doing it since I was a kid.

            Good eats, man.

            Also eat whole wheat. Cook it pretty much like rice.

            CB

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          The only thing I do with milo is chop it for cattle feed.

          • Jeff

            Most around here do the same. Some grow it for bird seed. Try popping a few heads of it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

            CB

          • David E

            Right, that’s all we ever did with it on the farm.

    • juskom95

      Yup, another ignorant cop hater who is only reading part of the story, but is too cowardly to do anything themselves.

      You’re a disgrace and a coward.

      • junktex

        He should be a cop,huh?

        • juskom95

          You cannot even troll good.

          • junktex

            You mean “troll well”.lol

          • Jeff

            I did not type this one. I would have though. Nice one. Loved it.

            CB

          • Jeff

            I can troll well.

            CB

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        Let’s see you defend and justify your ‘position’ here…..No, NOT bent over with your cheeks spread. Btw, Urine Idiot.

      • LocalHero

        Yup, another ignorant statist who blows cops in his spare time.

        You’re a gutless, authoritarian-worshiping blowhard.

    • harry323

      You forgot to add take video to your list …

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        That is someone else’s job. I don’t do shartfones, iPuds, soshull mee-dee-yah (other than here) like Facebutt, Tweeker, or the incomprehensible crap like Fuckr or Tremblr…….

  • anonymous4u4me

    Did any of those that jumped in to save the child have water reduce training? What a real man or person does in a situation comes from a heart, a soul, and a conscience. One would think it would be instinctive to jump in the water and help. Some people run to a situation, some run away, and some stand around and watch. Those that run to it are doing what God almighty considers one of the greatest gifts man can give to his fellow man, and that is to sacrifice or risk your life for another. This seems to be getting further and further away from most in years gone by.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Blame outrageous sense of entitlement and goddamn shartfones&iPuds. This is truly the “MEEEEE!!!!”-era.

  • Jeff

    Let me explain something clearly to you folks… it is not the “duty” of the “first responders” to rescue you from yourselves. This has been clearly established.

    There are no Constitutional provisions for this.

    Learn to swim. Teach your children to swim. Don’t stand around and watch kids drown then bitch and moan about EMTs and Cops not doing their jobs.

    You are to blame.

    Understand?

    CB

    • David E

      I would hope, then, that you do not treat them like heroes and such, but the leeches on society that they for the most part are.

      • Jeff

        I do not treat them as heroes.

        I treat them as participation trophy children.

        Unless they earn my respect. That is an admittedly hard task to do.

        CB

    • LocalHero

      Did you naturally become a soulless prick or did it take work?

      • Jeff

        A lot of years and a lot of hard work.

        You are no local hero.

        Best back it down, son.

        CB

  • David E

    Either they couldn’t figure out who to shoot or they were trying to decide the most likely locations of green leafy substances are the most likely reasons for inaction.

    • juskom95

      Another criminal.

      • David E

        Given your other posts, I take it you refer to me. I wonder how the false witness bit is working out for you in person. Or did having your nose broke seven times make you switch this compulsion to the internet where your pussy ass is safe from the consequences?

        BTW, there is such a crime as criminal defamation, which is falsely saying things about people that would tend to subject them to public hatred–like falsely calling people a criminal. That would, Ironically, make you the criminal here.

        I tend to find that most people who support cops are criminals, just not the street type.

        • Elaine.Benes, II

          Yep. I prefer the street-type over the other kind any day, don’t you?

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        Yes, the piggies are just other criminals.

  • bsroon

    So can ANYONE give me a valid reason for paying for “police” protection and function? All they do is make cities/towns/rich people more rich by stealing our $$$.

    Yes, there are a few good ones out there, but if they know of the bad ones and don’t stop them – they are bad too.

    Screw the thin blue line.

    • juskom95

      Most likely you’re one of the ones the officers have to protect the rest of the citizenry from. You believe that you should have the right to do anything you want to anyone.

      I know the type.

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        So do we, buttsuck. You’re either a cop, or a cop fucker. Or should I say ‘cop fuckee’??? Either way, your pathetic first attempts at being a Damage Controll aren’t working out too well are they, Ossifer Dibble?

        • LocalHero

          He’s already demonstrated here that he loves to take a big red, white, and blue dildo up his ass any chance he gets and that he felates cops in his spare time.

      • bsroon

        Well, you don’t know me. At all. In 1980 i lived in the poorest county in Calif -and the ONLY job posting for a male was actually to be a security guard at a goldmine in Napa County – a 54 mile commute – one way. On a motorcycle. In frost and rain.

        A woman came to work after i’d been there for over 8 months – had seniority on that job – and the company decided to lay off 4 security guards. This would have left about 6 of us – she would have been the first to go. Her husband had just been injured in construction work and had a very bad back – could barely deal with the young kids, but she needed the work.

        i talked to my bosses, and they promised that if i quit – she’d get that job – so i quit – with no other job options left at all.

        i quit the army as a conscientious objector in 75 because i refused to spend my life killing (and training to kill) poor, innocent people so that (metaphorical) rich fat guys could get fatter and richer. Hell of a fight to leave.

        i don’t attack people – and for you to assume that just because i see the police dept as frequently not worthwhile and frequently not trustworthy (and the farcical “govt” as more than worthless: damaging) doesn’t mean i have, will, or intend to cause damage to other people. That is a boldly idiotic assumption which is NOT a logical expression of govt distrust and disgust.

        i ACTUALLY believe i have the right to do whatever i choose with MY property as long as it doesn’t damage others. Thus for example, i (unlike many corporations WITH “govt” assistance) didn’t wouldn’t kill and damage unknown thousands of Americans in multiple states, from multiple products, over multiple decades – and that is just Monsanto. You want the worst of excess and lack of control – look at your corporations and “govt” – don’t look at me, you silly, non-thoughtful one.

      • David E

        It must be opposite day and no-one told me. It’s the cops who believe they can do anything they want to others.

      • Jeff

        Oh? You know the “type” do you.

        Care to elucidate for us?

        CB

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          He “knows” the type intimately, having lived as one of “the type” his entire life.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        News Flash: Piggies don’t protect anyone (but their Masters) from anyone (except their Employers).

        Tell me, Sparkles – do you put ketchup on those pigboots before you lick them, or do you prefer the natural leather flavor?

  • Jimmy B

    You can bet, that the ONLY reason the police were there, (why WOULD they be there?”,) was to find any excuse to use force against the people; to find any reason, to arrest, ticket, taze, or even kill someone who did not want to “cooperate/obey.”

    • LocalHero

      Or to find a new child to be added to their pedophilic activities down at the Freemasonic lodge.

  • 3rd sober thought

    Firemen wait for cameras.

  • dav1bg

    The screening tests for Police have changed so that they look for people without empathy now. The screen testing is not the same as it was 40 years ago.

  • darlin1951 .

    Thank you Sir for being the right person at the right place at the right time. The family has their son’s body back. Responder’s could not have done what a hero could do! God Bless and be with you, in Jesus’ name!

    • Jeff

      Amen.

      CB

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      You were doing so well before you lapsed into incoherence.

  • SP_88

    I’m surprised the cops didn’t shoot the guy as he came to shore with the little boy, or shoot the little boy.
    “He was coming at me, I feared for my life”. Idiots. Nothing but a bunch of traffic ticket, state revenue collecting, idiots.
    Next time you need the cops to show up fast, call Dunkin Donuts.
    Now that I’m done venting, I will give my sincere condolences to the family of this little boy. I can’t imagine what they must be feeling right now. That really sucks. It’s going to be tough to deal with the pain of this tragic incident. There’s nothing that can make it go away. And though time will make it easier, this wound will never fully heal.

    • Jeff

      Never gets easier, SP.

      CB

  • Jeff

    Tonight I brought water to feral kittens. It is not easy for me. Tomorrow morning I will kill two Roosters and give them to the needy. At noonish the vet will show up at my house to perform surgery on a very old dog. If I can coax the feral kittens out of hiding they wlll be spayed/neutered and released

    Do your part.

    Not just on “animals.”

    All of us.

    CB

  • XRGRSF

    Google Air Florida Flt 90, and watch your government in action. Every person saved was saved by a civilian. The rescue helicopter was flown by a civilian pilot and against ATC orders, the rescue swimmers were all civilians. All of this while our noble civil servants stood on the shore, watched, and DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Don’t view it on a full stomach it may make you puke.

  • rouge1

    I was a firefighter and we were trained to never risk our lives. They say we didn’t tell that kid to drown. It’s called BSI and scene safety. Anyone who thinks police or firefighters will risk their lives to save citizens are fools. The police call it officer safety. They are lucky the government came before rigor mortis set in.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Fuck you Porky – don’t you have a 90 pound woman to beat on?

    Fucking coward.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Also, it’s said that you’re not supposed to go into the water within a half-hour of eating – the donut-grazers didn’t want to get cramps after scarfing all of those crullers.