Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
Thebes Native, Soldier Killed in Ice Fall
WSIL -- An Army soldier, originally from Thebes, has died after falling through ice on a Kansas lake.
The Geary County, Kansas Sheriff's Office says Thomas L. Hedrick III, of Ft. Riley, Kansas, was hunting with a friend at Milford Lake in north-central Kansas.
Officials say Hedrick went onto the lake to retrieve a duck. Using a makeshift boat, Hedrick headed toward the animal. When the boat began taking on water, Hedrick got out onto an ice sheet. That ice sheet collapsed a short time later.
Officials have not been successful in recovering Hedrick's body from the lake.
Army officials say Spc. Hedrick was a construction maintenance repairer at Fort Riley.
Wind: 17 MPH
Humidity: 87 %