Families of boys who drowned sue Gwinnett

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Families of two Gwinnett County teens who drowned in an icy pond say in a new lawsuit that firefighters stood idly at the water's edge for nearly 45 minutes, waiting for a boat and other equipment before attempting a rescue.

Authorities have said 14-year-old Jacob Bullock and 13-year-old Marvens Mathurin were playing and sliding on the semi-frozen pond when the ice broke in January 2010.

Fire officials said they became trapped under the ice and spent nearly an hour in the frigid water. They were unresponsive and unconscious when rescue workers pulled them from the pond.

WXIA-TV reports the lawsuit accuses the Gwinnett County Fire Department of negligence in the boy's deaths.

A Gwinnett County spokesman declined to comment, citing a county policy of not commenting on pending lawsuits.

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urright
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urright 06/10/11 - 09:20 am
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So, the firemen were supposed

So, the firemen were supposed to jump in the water to get the boys? What about the families? Were they standing idly by while the boys were in the water? Did they condone the boys sliding on a partially-frozen pond? This country has become way too sue-friendly.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 06/10/11 - 09:44 am
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What a tragedy, two young

What a tragedy, two young lives lost, I know their parents are in unimaginable grief. That could be the only way to explain a lawsuit such as this. The firefighters jumping in would have increased the death toll to include themselves. Hopefully the families will come to grips and accept that some things are terrible accidents, but no one's fault. I will pray for peace for the families.

jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 06/10/11 - 10:18 am
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Why is it that whenever
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Why is it that whenever something unfortunate happens, the victims or their survivors always look for someone else to blame? What happened to individual culpability for one's own actions? Sorry for the families, but their kids did something stupid. The families want to blame the government for not 'saving' them. Nothing will bring those kids back, the families just want money.

ConcernedTaxpayer
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ConcernedTaxpayer 06/10/11 - 10:26 am
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I totally agree with the

I totally agree with the three comments above. why should someone else risk losing their lives because some one did something irresponsible or stupid.

Chillen
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Chillen 06/10/11 - 10:40 am
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jrbfromga. The blame happens

jrbfromga. The blame happens because of stinking lawyers. They line up like leeches when a tragedy happens. They swoop in and convince you that you should sue. It works too because so many companies and govts just settle to avoid the legal hassle. Then the lawyer gets his/her 10-20% cut, the so-called victim gets their cut, and the taxpayers bend over and pay or the company raises their prices to pay. Either way the average taxpaying citizen loses.

We need to move to a loser-pays system. That will stop the thousands upon thousands of unwarranted lawsuits. I know that sometimes there is true fault and a lawsuit is warranted but I'd be willing to bet that 90% of the time it's just someone looking for a big pay day & someone to blame.

I'm sorry for this family's loss, but those boys were the ones at fault and they and their families paid the ultimate price.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 06/10/11 - 11:51 am
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"One call, that's all"

"One call, that's all"

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/10/11 - 12:06 pm
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The firemen could have

The firemen could have drowned w/o proper equipment......this is a sue happy world----one call that's all is advertised on tv ALL DAY!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/10/11 - 02:24 pm
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jrbfromga, Chillen had a good

jrbfromga, Chillen had a good long explanation but mine is short. Greed on the part of lawyers and their clients!!

WW1949
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WW1949 06/11/11 - 10:54 am
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This was an accident and the

This was an accident and the children were probably dead before the firefighters even got there. Stupid suit and if I was on the jury I would never find the firefighters guilty and would vote to give a judgement to the firefighters and city for all the money they had to spend defending it--loser pays rule.

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