911 Operator Handles Call For Drowning Victim–Who Was Her Son

A Rockton 911 dispatcher lived a dispatcher’s nightmare this week.

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) – A northern Illinois 911 dispatcher handled a call for a water rescue at a state park – only to learn later that the drowning victim was her son.

Dispatcher Tracy Wilson got a call Tuesday saying help was needed at Rock Cut State Park after a canoe tipped over.

She tells the Rockford Register Star that she knew her 17-year-old son, Mitchel Krause, had gone to the park that day to go fishing but never imagined he was the person in peril.

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She says he was a strong swimmer and doesn’t know why he couldn’t make it back to shore. He was under water for 30 to 40 minutes, and was later pronounced dead at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Krause had just finished his junior year in high school.

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  • praying

    My prayers go out to this mother and her family as they cope with this tragedy.

  • Vicky

    What a heartbreaking story; prayers to the family.

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