CORVALLIS, Ore. — A little boy, excited to head into first grade in the fall, won’t ever make it back to play with his friends and teachers.
Family members say six-year-old Ryan Garrette was camping with family and friends at a reunion in Brownsville on August 10, when he drowned in a local river.
Family members say paramedics restarted his heart, but he passed away a week later at a Portland hospital.
Ryan just graduated from kindergarten in June. He was in the dual-immersion program at Lincoln Elementary School in Corvallis.
His family, friends and teachers say all he liked to do was laugh and have fun. They describe him as extremely outgoing, always smiling, and they say he will be greatly missed.
“Ryan was just a very sweet, energetic, funny, very well-liked little boy and we will miss him quite a bit, we’ll miss him a lot. His teachers and his peers will feel that as the school year starts,” said Lincoln Elementary School Principal Lisa Harlan.
School administrators are bringing in grief counselors and a crisis response team from ten to noon Wednesday at Lincoln Elementary for students and their families to share their memories of Ryan.
Extra resources and counseling will also be available the first few weeks of school.
A service for Ryan is scheduled for this Friday.
His family has set up a memorial fund at Wells Fargo to help cover the costs. To donate, you’ll need to use the account number #2758366930.