"He was so well-mannered and took care of his sister."
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on June 16, 2022. It has since been updated.
An 8-year-old boy who was on a fun vacation ended up losing his life in a freak accident. The little one was playing hide and seek when he got stuck between a washing machine and a dryer, according to PEOPLE.
Thomas County Sheriff's Office Captain Tim Watkins confirmed that on June 10, 2022, Wrangler Hendrix from Jewett, Texas, was with his grandparents in a relative's home in Coolidge, Georgia, where he was playing the game.
According to the authorities, the boy got stuck while trying to hide behind the appliances. The child's family began CPR immediately after discovering him "wedged between a washer and dryer," Watkins shared.
First responders shared that the boy was "unresponsive" when they got there upon receiving a call for help. "The child was transported to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, where resuscitation attempts continued," Capt. Watkins added in his statement.
First responders tried to resuscitate the boy for about an hour before he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:28 pm.
Texas Boy Dies After Getting Stuck Between Washer and Dryer While Playing Hide-and-Seek on Vacation https://t.co/ZiqQhuOoix— People (@people) June 16, 2022
Even though law enforcement officials strongly believe that Hendrix died from positional asphyxiation, they are currently awaiting results from an official autopsy. "The Thomas County Sheriff's Office would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Wrangler," says Capt. Watkins.
Wrangler, who was Rhonda White and William Andrew Hendrix's son, was a second-grade student. He is described as a "sweetheart" by people who knew and loved him.
His obituary reads: "Wrangler Hendrix's passing on Friday, June 10, 2022, has been publicly announced by Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home in Thomasville, GA."
"My heart breaks for all of you. Praying for peace and comfort for you during these dark days. Wrangler was a sweetheart. So thankful for the time I got to be his bus driver," one person wrote in an online tribute.
"He was so well-mannered and took care of his sister. They were so excited about their trip and the beach. We joked about wearing lots of sunscreen as they got off the bus. Rest in heavenly peace, Wrangler."
Funeral services for Wrangler will be held on Tuesday, June 21, at 2 pm at Sardis Baptist Church in Jewett, according to Bowers Funeral Home. "Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 pm at Sardis Baptist Church," it read, adding that a complete obituary will be released soon.
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