Mother who lost son warns of the dangers of icy ponds

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Two years ago, Linda Gotkin lost her 16 -year-old son Derek Lodestein after he fell through the ice on a lake in Columbus.

“Living without someone that you thought you were gonna live with your whole life and be around your whole life, going through holidays important milestones watching his friends grow up and he’s not around to go through those same things is pretty tough,” said Gotkin.

Lodestein and his two other friends who survived were warned before they went out, but the warning was not taken seriously.

“They had decided they were teenagers…they thought it would be fun to go out on the lake and be brave try an walk across. One of the young men fell through and subsequently they all fell in and Derek lost his life,” said Gotkin.

Gotkin reminding others this time of year when many children are still on winter break to watch after them and make sure they do not venture out on the ice.

“As parents, grandparents and neighbors we all need to be very vigilant with kids making sure we keep an eye on them, because I cannot even put into words what it’s like to not have him and I just don’t want anyone else to go through that.”

Captain Ron Lipps with the Fishers Fire Department said everyone should keep a close eye out for kids playing on the ice to make sure they get off it as soon as possible.

“If you see kids on the ice, tell them to get off and if that’s not good enough to get them off you can always call the police department and they’ll come and tell them,” said Lipp.

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