Fundraising goal met for playground to honor Rapid City boy
RAPID CITY (AP) -- A campaign has met its goal of raising money for a playground after a 2-year-old Rapid City boy was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking on a roadway.
RAPID CITY (AP) - A campaign has met its goal of raising money for a playground after a 2-year-old Rapid City boy was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking on a roadway.
The Rapid City Journal reports that organizers of "A Safe Place for Seth" met the $12,000 fundraising goal for playground equipment Friday.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol has said Seth Brien was walking in the roadway in February next to his 3-year-old sister riding a tricycle when they were both hit by the truck. The boy died at the scene, and the girl was injured.
The mobile home park where the children lived didn't have playground equipment.
Sonya Harrison launched the fundraising campaign to get Country Village Estates a playground, hoping to prevent future accidents. Harrison, who doesn't have children, has said there is a need for a place for children to play in the area, and that it isn't uncommon to see them playing on or near the road.
Volunteers, many of them firefighters in Rapid City, contributed money and have agreed to build the playground, which is slated for completion on Sept. 1.
The 900-square-foot playground will have swing sets, four slides, a park bench, an asphalt basketball court and climbing areas for children to play safely.
Rapid City Fire Department Lt. Jim Bussell said the child's death had an impact on firefighters, particularly the shift crew at Station 7 that acted as the first responders to the accident.
"Our profession involves responding to the worst day of someone's life, and any time we have an incident that deals with children, there's an emotional response," Bussell told the Rapid City Journal. "This is an opportunity for our firefighters to have an impact in a positive way that doesn't involve somebody's bad day. That's a big deal for them."