Picnic to thank rescue crews in Lisbon drownings drawing criticism

Crews are searching Willow Grove Park.

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) –  A picnic planned to thank those who helped in the attempted rescue of three drowning victims in Lisbon is drawing criticism.

According to the Morning Journal, Lisbon village parks manager Dana Blackburn suggested the event to be held later this summer. She even wanted to invite the families of the drowning victims.

Several Lisbon village council members called the event inappropriate and tasteless. Others are calling it a well-intentioned bad idea.

Police said after a kayaking trip last Sunday, 10-year-old Garrett Vadino and 14-year-old friend Carson Bonar went to the creek to rinse off their shoes. First, Garrett slipped on a rock and fell in the water, and then Bonar slipped in while trying to save him. Todd Vadino, Garrett Vadino’s father, jumped in to save both of the boys. All three drowned.

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