Tennessee football coach drowns trying to save child who fell into ditch

Published 9:28 pm Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A Tennessee youth football coach is being called a hero after he jumped into a drainage ditch to save a child who had fallen into the water. The coach drowned trying to save the young player, police reported.

Police in Germantown, Tennessee, a Memphis suburb, said the child fell into a ditch at Riverdale Park at approximately 6:17 p.m. Tuesday.

The child’s father and William Drennan, 37, who was the child’s football coach, jumped into the ditch to rescue both.

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The boy and his father quickly managed to get out of the water, but Drennan didn’t.

Rescue workers searched and eventually found him and transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, the police said.