A fundraiser was on January 23rd for the teenagers who fell into an icy pond. Legend High School sophomore Patric Lantz, as well as two of his friends, were all together when the ice on the retaining pond broke, sending all three boys into the pond. While two of the boys were rescued, Patric Lantz was underwater for more than 35 minutes and did not survive. Max Gantnier, another Legend High School sophomore, passed away 11 days after battling brain trauma sustained during the accident. The third teenager, identified as Cole Robinson, made a recovery and was released from the hospital.
During the rescue, fire crews used a tree branch to pull Max Gantnier out of the water. Cole Robinson was able to pull himself out, but it took the crew more than 30 minutes to find and retrieve Lantz from the icy water.
The community was shocked when informed of what happened but quickly came together for support. “I am truly saddened by this loss and know it will affect our school community, especially given all that Legend has been through this year. It is important for us to remember to lean on each other and provide help as needed. As always, thank you for your continued support. I know we will get through all of this together,” Legend High School Principal Jason Jacob said.
Flowers and other memorials were left at the scene of the fenced off pond. One of the students who grew up with Patric Lantz remembers him as a beautiful person who was always laughing. Many rival high schools in the area came together to support the community. Tweet and comments quickly poured in with the theme of “One Town, One Family”.
The Douglas County School District Crisis Team was dispatched to help support the students, parents and staff at Legend High School as well as Iron Horse Elementary. A separate GoFundMe fundraiser raised around $17,000 for Patric Lantz’s family. A different GoFundMe was started for Max Gantnier which also raised close to $17,000.
“I think as a principal you want them to get through their four years and you want them to be successful human beings and citizens,” Jacob said, “and when that opportunity doesn’t happen it breaks my heart.”