A Maine town manager died saving his 4-year-old son after they fell into a frozen pond


A Maine town manager died after saving his 4-year-old son when they fell into a frozen pond during a hike Friday, police said.

Kevin Howell, 51, was walking with his son about 6:30 a.m. when they pulled into Lake Etna, about a third of a mile from their home in Carmel, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Share Facebook.

Howell was able to pull his son out of the water and told him to go get his mother, the sheriff’s office said. After the boy ran home and told his mother what happened, she called 911, grabbed an anchor and rope and ran into the pond to help her husband.

Photo: Kevin Howell (Carmel City)

She tied the rope on the beach, but also fell through the ice, according to the sheriff’s office. An area detective, who heard the 911 call, responded and crawled through the “treacherous” snow, holding on to the rope as he went, and pulled the woman out.

However, there was no trace of Howell, the sheriff’s office said. Members of the Maine Warden Service and Carmel Fire Department arrived, but they also were unable to find Howell.

Two Maine Warden Service divers entered the pond around 1:40 p.m. Friday and found Howell’s body shortly before 2 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Carmel is located about 93 miles northeast of Lewiston. Howell was the city manager there, the Maine Warden Service said NBC News Center Maine. His office is responsible for supervising and managing the town’s departments, according to what he said Carmel website.

City representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday evening.

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