An Elba teenager will be missed and remembered as kind and well behaved.
Philip Box, a deputy coroner for Coffee County, confirmed 17-year-old Jordan Kelley succumbed to the injuries he suffered and died Saturday night. Box said Kelly died at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Box said the preliminary cause of death of accidental drowning.
Katie Purvis, who taught English to Kelley for the last two years at New Brockton High School, said Kelley was a rising junior at the high school.
“He was a really sweet boy with a good heart,” Purvis said. “Anytime he was in my classroom he was very well behaved. He was a funny person to listen to once he got talking.”
According to a statement from Elba Police Lt. Robert La Voie, police responded Thursday evening to a residence on Pine Cove Street in Elba to a possible drowning.
The statement said when police and emergency personnel arrived at the home they found a 17-year-old boy on the ground next to a pool with another person performing CPR. Elba officers took over CPR and continued until Coffee County EMS arrived on the scene.
The teenager was taken to Medical Center Enterprise and later transferred to another hospital in Birmingham. When police last released information the teenager was listed in critical condition at the intensive care unit (ICU.)
“He was a good person. He just had a sweet spirit about him. Although he wasn’t supposed to be in my class this upcoming year I will feel the loss in my classroom,” Purvis said. “He was a big part of the Gamecock family. He was supportive of our sports teams. He always spoke highly of our school. It’s a loss that I think the whole school will feel and recognize on the first day.”
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