Family warning others after near drowning


ARCADIA, Okla. — It’s been an emotional week for Angela Killgore. “I still cry because it was my fault. I thank God she is still here.”

Angela almost lost her 3-year-old daughter, Jada, this week. 

The family was teaching Jada how to float on her back in Arcadia Lake. 

They admittedly left her unsupervised, briefly, without a life jacket.

Killgore said, “If I could tell one person, take a life jacket for your kids.”

EMSA medics said Oklahoma lakes can be extremely dangerous, even in shallow water.

Medic Tony MCCarty said, “If they go down in an Oklahoma lake, the wind and rain, they are so dirty. You can’t find them if they go under.”

Luckily, Jada’s older brother, Tristen Bradley, came to the rescue.

He scooped up the unconscious girl and raced her to shore.

Bradley said, “It was scary. I freaked out. I didn’t know what to do but call 911. I scooped her up and she was blue. Mom was out of it, scared to death.”

Angela’s sister-in-law, Logan Wright, is CPR-certified. 

She told us, “I laid her on the ground and started doing CPR. I wasn’t scared or anything. I was just emotionless.”

Jada was revived and taken to an area hospital for observation. 

She’s expected to be just fine.

Angela Killgore was issued a $119 citation for not having a life jacket on her daughter. 

It’s a penalty she said she’ll gladly pay, knowing this could have been so much worse.

She said, “I know what I did and it will never happen again. I will always have life jackets.”


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