Two-year-old Marek Brodie Irvin drowned in a his families pool on Sunday afternoon (June 23).
“I’ll miss him greatly. I mean he’s such a sweet heart”, said the boy’s father, Jonathon Irvin. “He’d always run up and give hugs and say hi to people had a smile on his face always doing something goofy, especially playing with his brothers and sisters. It will just be hard.”
Emergency crews responded to Elm Street for a drowning call at 12:54 p.m. Irvin was found unresponsive in the family’s above ground swimming pool. First responders initiated CPR and Irvin was taken a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The child went out the back door of a home while his mother, Jaimie Irvin, and a friend were there, police said.
“The pool was on the outside of the fenced in backyard and the child had to open a gate and go out to the pool,” said Waldron Chief of Police David Millard.
Millard said Irvin was underwater for up to five minutes and there are certain safety precautions parents should take when owning a pool.
“I recommend putting a fence around the pool and locking it where children can’t get in to the pool,” said Millard.
Irvin’s six-year-old brother Andrew said that he his best friend.
“He was my friend and he’s a part of my family and I loved him and that is why he is special,” said Andrew Irvin.
“There”s just no feeling I guess it’s just complete numbness,” said Irvin’s father.
As the family grieves they said the funeral will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Waldron.