At the end of each year the members of the WKVI staff select the top 10 stories of the year. This is story #10:
Tony Kerby lost his life in the Yellow River attempting to save his younger brother’s life. The good looking boy went in the treacherous waters to save his 8-year-old brother Dominick when the youngster slipped off a rock. Dominick was saved when a person in the park pulled him to safety, but Tony could not swim to the banks.
Community members were so saddened by the death that a cross was put at the site to honor his efforts and his life. The memorial was created by Shelby Clemons of North Judson, his wife, Danielle, and Misty Baldridge of Knox.
The site near the U.S. 35 river bridge has claimed the lives of other youngsters throughout the years who went in to cool off. The swirling waters were designated a “no swim” area by the DNR shortly after the tragedy. You might say a prayer for the family who will be facing their first Christmas without Tony, this year.