Second Franklin student dies after attempted water rescue; Third teen remains critical

Michael Chadbourne also passed away from injuries he suffered trying to save the friend.
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A second student involved in an attempted water rescue in Edinburgh died Monday, and the female friend he was trying to save remains hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday.

Michael Chadbourne, 16, died Monday afternoon at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was taken there Friday after being pulled from the Big Blue River where he attempted to rescue a friend from a swift current.

Sunday, rescue crews found the body of Jason Moran, who had also tried to save the female friend from the water near a dam on the river. Sarah McLevish, 16, remains in critical condition at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Franklin H.S. Principal Doug Harter says Chadbourne was well-liked and "didn't have an enemy." Mere hours after word spread of Chadbourne's death,
friends added white ribbons around the city right next to the sea of blue ribbons already honoring 17-year-old Moran. Students then gathered on the football field later that night for a prayer circle remembering Chadbourne.

"He gave his life...for someone else," said Franklin senior Tevin Hicks.

Students say part of their family feels broken from loss, but they are determined to fight for the friend still hospitalized who both boys were trying to save.

The school will provide counselors for those who need it from 12-3 p.m. today. Visitation for Moran will be held at the high school gymnasium Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m.

An official fund has been set up on behalf of all five families. The "FCHS Family Fund" will be held at Heartland Community Bank. Those wishing to make a donation can drop them off at any Heartland Community or Horizon Bank location. Checks payable to "FCHS Family Fund" can be mailed to:

Franklin Community High School
2600 Cumberland Drive
Franklin, IN 46131