Ohio Man Who Died In Pond Rescue Hailed As Hero

The Eastside pond from which 30-year old James Jenkins died trying to save 5-year old Elijah Walker.(Photo: Google Maps)
The Eastside pond from which 30-year old James Jenkins died trying to save 5-year old Elijah Walker.(Photo: Google Maps)

Columbus police are providing a funeral escort for an Eastside man who died trying to save a child from an icy pond last week.

Police and other first responders say they are treating Thursday’s funeral of 30-year-old James Jenkins as that of a hero and fallen brother.

Jenkins died after going into a pond at a Columbus apartment complex after a 5-year-old child fell in on Feb. 7. Rescue divers pulled Jenkins and the boy from the freezing water some time later, and both later died.

Witnesses say Jenkins did all he could to try and save the boy’s life. He tried to hold the boy’s head above the water as they both struggled in the icy pond.

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