Jay Paul Oberholtzer died helping attempt to save Timothy L. Oberholtzer from drowning, Bethel, Pennsylvania, December 21, 2000. Timothy, 10, was walking on the ice-covered pond on his family’s property when he broke through the ice and fell into the frigid, nine-foot-deep water at a point about 60 feet from the bank. His father, who was on the bank, went out onto the ice for him, but en route he too broke through. Timothy’s brother, Jay Paul, 19, greenhouse employee, responded from nearby. Taking a long, cardboard tube with him, he walked onto the ice and gave the tube to his father, who used it for support. Jay Paul continued toward Timothy, but when he was about five feet from him, he too broke through the ice. He submerged and did not resurface, and Timothy also submerged. The father made his way onto solid ice shortly before rescue workers arrived. Using a boat, rescuers found Jay Paul and removed him from the pond. A police diver located Timothy. Both boys were taken to the hospital, where resuscitation was attempted. They had drowned.
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