It’s been a tough summer for the Fremont community after an accident took the lives of three teenagers. Now some of the accident victims’ friends are planning a special event to start the school year off right and help the families still recovering.
The life of a lifeguard during the summer is a busy one. There’s countless hours spent by the pool and also a lot of time getting to know who you work with. Cydney Granger knows that first hand, she works at Fremont Splash Station. “As lifeguards, no one ever realizes that when you are a lifeguard during the summer you actually develop relationships and friendships.”
It was a shock when Granger and the close-knit group found out that two of their own were killed in an accident back in June. Trey Hansen worked as a lifeguard there. His friends Jackson Blick and Tyler Walling were also killed. The sole survivor, Jake Burnside, worked there in concessions.
Now as Jake continues to recover, Cydney and her sister, Ali Granger, have decided to also help the community heal. “It's time for the community to get back together and heal in a good way and to just cherish the memories that everyone had with the boys and celebrate their life," said Cydney.
They are planning an event at the Splash Station on Saturday, August 10th. “We are calling it S.O.S. which stands for a splash of support and it will be going to the four families of the boys in the accident. We’re going to have everything from food, music, raffles, and a bake sale,” said Ali.
The event is part fundraiser, and part community get-together. It's a time just before school starts to get everyone into good spirits. “Just to let the kids know, there is hope, it's okay to smile and that they are never going to see normal again, but their lives will continue and these boys will have a spot in their heart and they can keep going with that,” said Ali.
The event will go from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 dollars. They will also be selling hot dogs and hamburgers, along with special bracelets that say, “Faith, Family, Friends” for $5 dollars.
If you can not make the event but would like to donate, checks can be made out to SOS and mailed to 2229 Estes Lane, Fremont, NE 68025.
The Grangers say Jake continues to recover at a Lincoln Hospital. They are hoping that he will be well enough to be able to attend the event.