First responders practice ice rescues

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BALLWIN, MO (KPLR) - First responders started their work week by jumping in a freezing pond in Ballwin’s Queeny Park.  It was all for ice-water rescue training.

In early December 2013, a 6-year-old Oklahoma boy died in an icy pond.  Investigators say the water was not very deep.  But, the boy may have been trapped under a block of ice and drowned.

According to the National Weather Service, almost 100 people die in flood-related accidents in the U.S. each year.  This is more than those who dies from tornadoes and lightning.

Firefighters from the West County EMS and Fire Protection District gathered to sharpen their ice-water training skills.

Maryland Heights Firefighters warned people to stay off of icy bodies of water.  The pond or lake may look frozen over.  But, that ice may be thin.  Firefighters also urged parents should be on alert.  Kids tend to chase after their pets, even if they fall in icy water.

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