Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

Fund set up for 2-year-old boy swept away in Greenwater River

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
May 31, 2011 5:13 pm

The Puyallup Police Association has set up a memorial fund to help pay funeral costs for a 2-year-old boy who died Friday after being swept into the Greenwater River during a family camping trip.

Donations may be made at any Chase Bank branch to The Grant Hayes Memorial Donation Account. The police association has contributed $1,000.

Grant’s mom, Gina Hayes, is a police officer in Puyallup. His father, Jeff Hayes, works for another law enforcement agency.

They “deeply appreciate all of the support and prayers that have been extended,” according to a department news release.

The Hayes are honoring their son’s short life by donating his corneas and heart valves through the organ donation program.

A memorial service is planned for Friday. It is closed to the public.

Grant was with his mother and a family friend at a campsite along the river east of Enumclaw when the boy somehow fell in the raging waters. Gina Hayes rushed to a fire station to call for help because there is no cell phone service in the area.

A search party began looking for the boy. Jeff Hayes found his son downstream from the campground.

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.