Thursday, July 13, 2006

Woke up to this story this morning on the TV. He must be in the same class as Jacob and Joey. Hard to believe they are 7. That is how old you were when you died.

Jack used to go to camp at the JCC. He did it the summer after you died. We just told Joe this weekend how we used to live right behind the JCC (and the pool where this boy died).

I feel so bad for the family. They are in shock now. They have a rough road ahead.

From: [] On Behalf Of Naomi Reem
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 2:23 PM
Subject: [parents] Sad news from the JCCGW and CESJDS

Dear JPDS community,

The attached email came from Charles E. Smith JDS, following an email from the JCCGW, which informed the community of the death of a camper, Elie Scott, a CESJDS student, at the JCCGW summer camp yesterday, following a medical incident at the pool.

Many of our families may have connections to the Scott – Fishman family, a long established family in the community. Some of our students are at the JCCGW camp as well. Please let us know if your family is connected in any way to this tragedy, as we may expect that children who knew Elie or know of what happened may need some support when the school year starts.

The funeral information is attached and shiva information will be forwarded as well as it becomes available.

May God grant comfort to Elie’s family and friends, and to the JDS and JCCGW communities.


“It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the sudden and tragic passing, yesterday, of Elie Scott, son of Russell and Sarit (Fishman, class of 86) Scott, who just completed 1st grade at CESJDS. Our thoughts and prayers are with Russell, Sarit and their entire family.

The funeral will take place on Friday, July 14 at 10:00 am. at Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapel, 1170 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Information on Shiva will follow.
May his memory be for a blessing and may the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

Boy Who Died at Camp Pool Identified

By Ernesto LondoƱo
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 13, 2006

Montgomery County police today identified the 7-year-old boy who died yesterday after being rescued from a swimming pool at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville as Elie R. Scott.

The child, who lived in Rockville, was pulled from a section of the pool that was four feet deep about 11 a.m., police said.

"As the lifeguards were scanning the activity in the pool, they observed that a child was under water at the bottom of the pool," police said in a news release yesterday. "It is believed the child was spotted very quickly."

A lifeguard dove in and pulled out the boy, police said. Paramedics reached the center, at 6125 Montrose Rd., within minutes and found the child "in full cardiac arrest," said Lt. Dorcus Howard Richards, a spokeswoman for the county's fire and rescue service.

Elie was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon, police said. Police said he was one of five children participating in a swim class with an instructor. There were also two lifeguards supervising the 15 to 20 children who were in the pool at the time.

Elie was a student at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, which is near the center. School Head Jonathan Cannon declined to comment last night.

Officer Rodney Barnes, a police spokesman, said yesterday that he didn't know whether the child had any health problems that might have contributed to his death.
Elie's body was taken to Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Jewish Community Center officials said in a statement that crisis response workers from the Jewish Social Service Agency and the county's crisis center are offering support to staff members at the camp.

"While we all share the grief of this family, camp will continue tomorrow as scheduled," officials said in the statement.

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