7-year-old Conklin boy dies after falling through icy Susquehanna River

CONKLIN, N.Y. - The Broome County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a 7-year-old boy has died after playing on and then falling into the icy Susquehanna River.

Deputies say 7-year-old Connor Brown, of Conklin, and his 8-year-old brother were playing outside and walked onto the ice, and Connor fell through.

Deputies say Connor's mother tried to rescue Connor, and that she and the brother also fell through the ice.

Neighbors were able to pull the mother and brother from the water.

Deputies say multiple crews responded to the scene and began searching for Connor, who had been swept under the ice by the current.

Connor was located just north of where he fell into the river by a Conklin fireman, who pulled him from the river.

He was transported to Wilson Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead around 10 p.m.

Deputies are still investigating.

A statement from the Susquehanna Valley School District says Connor was a student at the school.

Their statement reads:

"This is a very sad day in the Susquehanna Valley School community as we mourn the loss of 7-year-old Connor Brown, a second grade student at Francis P. Donnelly Elementary School.  This young member of our Sabers family lost his life Sunday after falling into the river behind his home on Stillwater Road, Conklin. Despite extensive rescue and resuscitation efforts, Connor could not be revived.

Our hearts are broken for the Brown family and their many friends throughout our district and beyond. Our district stands with the family and will do anything and everything we can to support them in this time of indescribable loss.

“This young man had a lot of friends, teachers and staff that cared a great deal about him and his loss is going to be felt very deeply in our buildings,” said Roland Doig, Superintendent of Schools.  “We have mobilized our Crisis Response Team – including grief counselors and social workers - to render whatever assistance is necessary to students and staff as they begin to come to terms with this tragedy.  Our primary thoughts are with the family and with Connor’s friends and classmates, teachers and staff who've been part of his all-too-short life.”

Susquehanna Valley encourages everyone to continue to send their thoughts and prayers to the Brown family." 

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