Firefighters and community step up to help child



Three-year-old Aiden McKitrick slipped off the front of a boat last Thursday night at Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall. He went under the boat, and was struck by the boat’s propeller causing him serious injuries.

The boy’s father, Lewisville firefighter Austin McKitrick was able to pull him out of the water, and call 911 for help. He was taken to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Friends of the family have created a gofundme account to raise money for the family’s expenses, which could be very substantial.

Here is an update that was posted Wednesday:

“Today Aiden will undergo yet another surgery, but the great news is that Aiden is now awake and although still in critical condition he has made incredible progress.

“Austin [McKitrick] shared with us today that although Aiden has lost a portion of his leg and the future is unknown the outlook has improved from his initial condition. Aiden also suffered severe internal damage but thanks to the highly skilled surgeons and care team, and all the prayers he is currently in the best condition possible for being such a new injury.

“He is still considered in critical care and has a long road ahead, however these huge steps are big ones and we pray that his condition just continues to improve.”
To help out the McKitrick family, you can donate on the gofundme site.

As of press time Friday night, the fundraiser had raised $34,911 of a $50,000 goal. You can donate online.

The Lewisville Professional Firefighters Association is also selling “Aiden’s Heroes” T-shirts for $25.95, with the proceeds going to the family. The T-shirts were on sale at the Keeping Tradition Alive Pipes and Drums jam on Friday night in front of Lewisville City Hall.
T-shirts are also available for ordering online.

A raffle and auction took place during the Keeping Tradition Alive symposium for Pipes and Drums.

Friday night, Elke’s Beer Haus in Lewisville hosted a fundraiser following the pipes & drums concert, with live music by Aurora, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and 50 percent of food sales proceeds going to Aiden. Elke’s will also donate 50 percent of food proceeds from Saturday sales. They’ll be hosting live music Saturday night with Terry and Friends.

A team has been created in Aiden’s name for the Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March to be held Sunday, May 29 – Monday, Memorial Day, May 30. For more information, visit

Photo of Aiden via Facebook

Originally posted 5/7 – Updated 5/14.


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