Simon Mirkes Death – Authorities reported that Simon Jay Mirkes, a 16-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, passed away on July 17, 2023, on Monday after experiencing a medical emergency while hiking close to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. According to Tamarack Camps’ spokesman Michael Layne, Simon visited Alaska this month as part of a trip with the Jewish summer camp, which is situated in Michigan.
What was Simon Mirkes’ cause of death?
The boy’s death’s cause is still unknown, according to Layne. Around 1 p.m. on Monday, the Harding Icefield Trail in the national park was reported as having a medical emergency with CPR being performed, according to Alaska State Troopers. Until medical personnel arrived on the site, bystanders including volunteers from a nearby tour company administered CPR. It was possible for a LifeFlight helicopter with a paramedic team to descend on the spot and do additional resuscitation attempts.
The child did not survive despite the best efforts of everyone concerned, according to the troopers’ web report. According to troopers, he was pronounced dead shortly after 3 p.m. The National Park Service, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Bear Creek Fire Department, Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and LifeMed Alaska were among the organizations that responded to the incident. The National Park Service and the Alaska State Troopers stated they are looking into the incident.
Tamarack Camps Statement Released
We are devastated by the loss of Simon Mirkes, a camper on our Alaska 2 Trip, who collapsed yesterday afternoon on a hike. We cannot convey the pain and sadness we feel for the Mirkes family, and we will continue to keep them in our hearts while we grieve together as a community.
The campers and staff on the Alaska 2 trip are all safe and receiving support and care. We continue to remain in close communication with the Mirkes family, along with the families of all participants as we work on the next steps. Our medical care team, along with community partners, are providing support to our campers and staff across all of our programs. We deeply appreciate the help that has been offered during this very difficult time.
This tragedy impacts all of us. While there are many resources to help, one within the Jewish community is Jewish Family Service. JFS has a Crisis Response Team – a group of trained social workers who help people who have faced tragic circumstances receive support in the immediate aftermath. If you want to talk to someone on this Crisis Response Team, please call 248.592.2313. We continue to keep the Mirkes family in our thoughts and prayers. May Simon’s memory be for a blessing.
The family will release Simon Mirkes’ obituary and funeral arrangements
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