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drowning, chesterfield officials, body found - wtvr

There are 2 comments on the WTVR story from Jul 10, 2009, titled drowning, chesterfield officials, body found - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

Chesterfield divers, Charles City County investigators and state police concluded a 20-hour search when they located the body of Roosevelt Ross at noon on Friday.

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rfarris36

United States

#1 Jun 2, 2010
I witnessed the same scenario on Monday in Chesterfield when the 18 year old boy drowned after jumping off of the ettrick/matocca bridge!

I personally felt that the time elapsed between the time of the incident and the dive team showed up was way too long!

history buff

Richmond, VA

#2 Jun 2, 2010
After reading this article,I'm confused as to WTVR's decision to run it.I'm not sure what they were hoping to accomplish.
Before I go further though I would like to offer condolences to this young man's family.It's got to be tough to lose someone so young.
Is this story supposed to be some sort of expose into some inefficiency in the local EMS,or are they hinting at something else?If it's a"human interest story",why do it at the expense of a grieving family?
The article never says where this young man drowned,but the picture provided looks like a river,and I'm sure there's no lifeguard.The local sheriff's department was on the scene in 12 minutes.Other localities pitched in to help with the effort to find the young man.

12 minutes is a good response time.Before calling in additional help the deputies needed to be sure that there was a need.By that time though,it's usually too late if someone has drowned.They usually can't be saved,even if found after 12 minutes.

Maybe it wasn't their intention,but it seems like WTVR in a roundabout way has made the Charles City County Sheriff's Dept. and Chesterfield EMS look inefficient or uncaring.I don't think this is fair or true,and again,I just can't figure out what this story was meant to say.

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