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UPDATE: Boy, 7, dies after being pulled from river in Conklin

CONKLIN, N.Y. - UPDATE: The Broome County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the 7-year-old boy has died. 

Deputies say 7-year-old Connor Brown, of Conklin, and his 8-year-old brother were playing outside and walked onto the ice.

They say Connor fell through the ice.

Deputies say Connor's mother tried to rescue Connor, and that she and the brother also fell through the ice.

Neighbors were able to pull the mother and brother from the water.

Deputies say multiple crews responded to the scene and began searching for Connor, who had been swept under the ice by the current.

Connor was located just north of where he fell into the river by a Conklin fireman, who pulled him from the river.

Connor was transported to Wilson Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead around 10 p.m.

Deputies are still investigating.

A statement from the Susquehanna Valley School District says Connor was a student at the school.

Connor was a 2nd grader at Francis P. Donnelly Elementary.

The Susquehanna Valley School District has mobilized its crisis response team.

"The staff is very distraught. He was just someone that you enjoyed seeing on a daily basis when you come into school. As one staff member said, he always put you in a good mood when he came through the door," said Superintendent Roland Doig.

Doig says grief counseling is available for students and staff.

A full statement from the school district reads:

"This is a very sad day in the Susquehanna Valley School community as we mourn the loss of 7-year-old Connor Brown, a second grade student at Francis P. Donnelly Elementary School.  This young member of our Sabers family lost his life Sunday after falling into the river behind his home on Stillwater Road, Conklin. Despite extensive rescue and resuscitation efforts, Connor could not be revived.

Our hearts are broken for the Brown family and their many friends throughout our district and beyond. Our district stands with the family and will do anything and everything we can to support them in this time of indescribable loss.

“This young man had a lot of friends, teachers and staff that cared a great deal about him and his loss is going to be felt very deeply in our buildings,” said Roland Doig, Superintendent of Schools.  “We have mobilized our Crisis Response Team – including grief counselors and social workers - to render whatever assistance is necessary to students and staff as they begin to come to terms with this tragedy.  Our primary thoughts are with the family and with Connor’s friends and classmates, teachers and staff who've been part of his all-too-short life.”

Susquehanna Valley encourages everyone to continue to send their thoughts and prayers to the Brown family." 


Deputies are investigating after a 7-year-old boy fell into the Susquehanna River in the Town of Conklin.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of 132 Stillwater Road around 5:49 p.m. Sunday for a report that a boy had fallen into the Susquehanna River.

The responding deputy determined that the 7-year-old boy had fallen into the river and was trapped under ice.

Multiple emergency personnel responded to the scene, and a Conklin fireman located the boy nearby and pulled him from the water.

The boy was transported to Wilson Hospital.

The incident is currently under investigation, and deputies say more information will be released at a later date.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by multiple agencies, including NY State Police, Conklin Fire Department, NYS Forest Rangers, Broome County Dive Team, Broome Ambulance, Superior Ambulance, Air Method Helicopter, Kirkwood Fire Department and Great Bend Fire Department.

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