Man Dies After Trying To Rescue Boy From Fox River In Geneva

GENEVA, Ill. (WBBM) — A Naperville man has died after jumping into Fox River in Geneva Friday morning to save his girlfriend’s son, who was pulled into the current under the dam.

Ronald Suchy, according to the Geneva Fire Department, was fishing with his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son and another boy. 

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The 12-year-old went into the water for an unknown reason and got into trouble in the “boil,” as the turbulent water under the dam is known.

“The older adult male then went in to get him and that’s when they were both pulled into the dam,” Police Cmdr Eric Passarelli said.

Someone passing on a bike jumped in to help and got in trouble himself.

“Both subjects were kicked free of the boil by the river, itself, and started to float downstream,” Passarelli said.

Members of the police and fire departments and bystanders recovered the victims.

Ronald Suchy was in cardiac arrest. The 12-year-old was revived and was talking.  

The bicyclist who was hurt trying to help had some cuts and bruises.

  • Guest

    How many more people are going to die in that dam before they fix it? They are getting stuck in the “dam.” This is a man-made disaster. Nature didn’t kill them.

  • bissview

    God Dam It! DAM IT! DAM! One day, this young boy will take his boy fishing here, and that boy will get pulled under and he’ll jump in to get him and will get pulled in and drown….the cycle REMAINS THE SAME!

  • Jus Sayin

    Maybe people should make better decisions.

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