Glidden community copes with six-year-old’s drowning death

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GLIDDEN – A six-year-old boy is dead after drowning in a community swimming pool over the weekend. The pool is right off Highway 30, just west of Jefferson. Now, neighbors are coping with this difficult loss. 

“It’s just tough on everybody. It’s tragic to see a child of that age, or any child really—it’s tough,” says Interim Supt. of Carroll Schools Marty Fonley. 

John Ware lives right across the street from the Glidden Aquatic Center.

“I was just sitting at my desk and I heard the sirens come over to the pool and I look out my window and there was a single SUV with its lights on,” he said. 

Ware says it looked chaotic, but he couldn’t believe anything horrible had happened. 

Pool staff performed CPR on Kadyn Sporrer and medics came by as well before the six-year-old was rushed to St. Anthony’s Hospital.

“I can’t blame anybody because I know just how crowded that pool can get,” said Ware. “It only takes a few seconds and understanding that and the situations involved, it just really hits you with the reality of it.” 

Ware feels great empathy for the family and Sporrer’s classmates, as they cope.

“I’ve got two of my own and that’s the first thing that comes to your mind is what if that was mine, and your heart just goes out to everyone involved and there’s just a pit that settles in your stomach any time you hear about kids,” said Ware.

Sporrer’s school, Fairview Elementary, is now offering grief counseling. It’s a step their interim superintendent says is pivotal for the healing to begin.

“If there are families or students who are struggling, you just want to give them access to people they know who can help them process that situation,” said Fonley.

Even though school is out for the summer, the district will still have counselors available for students and parents. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14 at Central Church East of Carroll. Visitation will be held there from 4 to 7 p.m. 

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