Boy rescued from snow cave-in

Published: March 1, 2007 | 5628th good news item since 2003

A 13-year-old boy has resolved not to build any more snow tunnels after being buried in one .

Dylan Stavarz was building a tunnel by himself on Wisteria Drive about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday when a Barberton snowplow cleared the street.

Dylan’s 7-year-old brother, Alex, went down to the snow tunnel to play with him but couldn’t find him.

“He couldn’t see him, but he could hear him screaming,” said Jean Stavarz, the boys’ mother.

She, Alex and another son, David, 15, tried to dig Dylan out of the snow. But by then he had fallen silent, so Jean Stavarz called 911.

Within five minutes, rescue workers found Dylan, unconscious but breathing.

In the ambulance, Dylan had recovered enough to tell rescue workers his name and where he went to school.

He was to spend Wednesday night at Akron Children’s Hospital for observation, but his mother said he was warmly dressed and did not suffer hypothermia.

“When kids are playing, they need to be aware of snowplows,” she said. “It was an accident. How quickly that can happen!”

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