UC engineering student braves icy water to save two young boys
by Marisa Whitaker
Joe Bredestege’s innocent stroll through the park with his little sisters quickly turned into a dangerous rescue mission. The 18-year-old freshman had simply been looking for something to do on Cincinnati’s west side before the end of winter break when he looked across Delhi Park’s Clearview Lake to see two young boys drop through the ice.
“I had been watching them as they moved out onto the ice to make sure they were safe, but I knew I was going in if the ice broke,” he says. He handed one of his sisters his coat and moved out onto the lake with an outstretched hand as the ice started cracking under his weight, too.
The two 11-year-old boys, Kayden King and Ethan Spurlock, were with a group of friends on Jan. 5, 2013, and were dared into going out onto the lake. They even had their bike and a scooter on the ice. Joe relied on his quick thinking, Eagle Scout-smarts and lifeguard training to help the boys.