26 year old dies at pavilion basketball courts

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We have been getting reports that a 26 year old man and a father of 4 died at the outdoor basketball courts at the recreation pavilion on Friday evening.  We have confirmed with the fire department that they did respond to a serious medical emergency at the pavilion at 7:11 p.m. during the parade. The patient (male in his 20s) was transported to Stevens Hospital. We will update this story if we get more details.

UPDATE 8/3:

Here is an eye witness report of what happened

I saw this happen.  He just collapsed.  Two fire and aid units broke away from the parade and turned right onto 224th to get to him.  It took 7 or 8 minutes from the time he collapsed until the medics got there.  In addition to the parade there was a swim meet at the pavillion so the streets and parking lot were very crowded.

The medics performed CPR and tried to restart his heart 3 times with an AED.  After 15 minutes of CPR they put him in the ambulance.  They were still doing chest compressions as they loaded him into the ambulance.

It did not look like he was going to make it and I’m very sorry to hear that he did not. It was easy to see that this was a young man.

UPDATE 8/10:

The man that died was David William Ridge, II.  David “D.J.” was born on September 16, 1983 in Thornton, Colorado. He is survived by his wife, Emily, 4 children, parents, siblings, many loving extended family and friends.

David’s mother left this comment below:

This was my son, David William Ridge, II. He was 26 and would have been 27 September 16th, 2010. He has a wife and 4 kids and they live in Lynnwood. He loved basketball! We love and miss him so much. Cannot understand why this happened to him so young.

UPDATE 8/15:
Please consider donating to the David Ridge Memorial Fund.

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  1. I saw this happen. He just collapsed. Two fire and aid units broke away from the parade and turned right onto 224th to get to him. It took 7 or 8 minutes from the time he collapsed until the medics got there. In addition to the parade there was a swim meet at the pavillion so the streets and parking lot were very crowded.rnrnThe medics performed CPR and tried to restart his heart 3 times with an AED. After 15 minutes of CPR they put him in the ambulance. They were still doing chest compressions as they loaded him into the ambulance.rnrnIt did not look like he was going to make it and I’m very sorry to hear that he did not. It was easy to see that this was a young man.




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      • Ms. Lundquist, thank you for your post. It has been almost two weeks now and I still have not been able to stop thinking about your son. It is bittersweet to finally learn his name and a little bit about him. Please be assured that David’s friends and the medics did everything they could to help him. It has been difficult for me also to understand how this could have happened to someone so young. David’s passing has given me a valuable reminder that life is precious and nothing is guaranteed. I never knew David but I’ll never forget him or that reminder. My sincere condolences to you and your family.rn




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        • Thank you. He really was a wonderful young man! He is a reminder to us all to love one another while we are here. I know he is in a beautiful place now. He touched many lives while here and I’m sure it has touched your life in a special way.




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  2. I saw this happen. He just collapsed. Two fire and aid units broke away from the parade and turned right onto 224th to get to him. It took 7 or 8 minutes from the time he collapsed until the medics got there. In addition to the parade there was a swim meet at the pavillion so the streets and parking lot were very crowded.The medics performed CPR and tried to restart his heart 3 times with an AED. After 15 minutes of CPR they put him in the ambulance. They were still doing chest compressions as they loaded him into the ambulance.It did not look like he was going to make it and I'm very sorry to hear that he did not. It was easy to see that this was a young man.




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  3. This was my son, David William Ridge, II. He was 26 and would have been 27 September 16th, 2010. He has a wife and 4 kids and they live in Lynnwood. He loved basketball! We love and miss him so much. Cannot understand why this happened to him so young.




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  4. So sorry to hear about the loss of David. I only met him briefly but in that time I could tell he was a sweet, generous and gentle soul. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.




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