Search and Rescue

On Tuesday, June 20 the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments were called to True Friends at Camp Eden Wood, a camp for special needs adults and children, for a lost 9-year-old boy.

Camp Eden Wood

The child had run into the marsh area that borders the camp property. Firefighters, police officers, camp staff and members of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol broke into small groups and fanned out from the area where the boy was last seen. There were many complicating factors, with the terrain being a marsh with tall grass and small swampy areas and the child being nonverbal.

After nearly an hour of searching, the State Patrol helicopter arrived and assisted with the search from overhead, and within 10 minutes of scouring the area, the helicopter pilot located the child who was safe in a swampy section of the marsh. Police and fire crews were directed to the boy by the chopper and spent another 20 minutes trying to safely navigate the route back out of the marsh with the child.

Firefighters Becki White and Jason Albers leading the boy through the marsh. Photo used with permission from Fox 9 News.

Once on dry land, the child was evaluated by Hennepin County Medical Center paramedics, who cleared him of injuries.

The Eden Prairie Fire Department appreciates its close working relationship with the Eden Prairie Police Department in the unified effort to find this child and many other emergency calls that we jointly respond to.

We also would like to thank our mutual aid partners from the Minnesota State PatrolHennepin County EMS, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the nearby Three Rivers Park District.