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Two children drown in Adams County farm pond

Published: Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 6:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 1:29 p.m. CDT

Two St. Malachy School elementary students died after falling through ice on a farm pond and drowning near their home Saturday afternoon.

According to an Adams County Sheriff press release, the sheriff's office and fire department responded at 5:34 p.m. to 1623 Vanilla Ave., about eight miles northeast of Prescott.

Nathan and T.J. Frey, 9 and 11 years old respectively, were located under the ice. Both boys were taken by air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

St. Malachy held a short prayer service at 9:15 a.m. this morning that was open to the public. The Adams County Sheriff department held a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at the Corning Fire Department. The Creston News Advertiser will have more information as it becomes available online at www.crestonnewsadvertiser.com

Funeral services for Nathan and T.J. are pending at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston.

St. Malachy will dismiss school for all or part of the day so faculty, staff, students and parents can attend the funeral.

"Please help your child understand that it is normal to experience strong physical and emotional reactions following the death of someone close to them, and that it is OK to talk to someone else about how they are feeling," said St. Malachy Principal John Walsh. "Please let the classroom teacher know if your child is in need of extra support."

A grief counseling team from the Area Education Agency (AEA) will be at the school today to work with individuals and classrooms. Counselors will meet specifically with fourth- and fifth-grade classes. The grief counsel team will be available the remainder of the week.

The family is asking the media to respect their privacy. Online condolences can be left at www.powersfh.com

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