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Clearfield Elementary Remembers Child Swept Away In Floodwaters

Posted at 10:37 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 22:40:00-04

MOREHEAD, Ky (LEX 18)– On Monday, students and staff at Clearfield Elementary remembered Bryce Combs, a little boy with a big smile and an even bigger personality.

“He was always smiling, always smiling, and had a very kind heart,” said Principal Misty Litton. “He was a fun-loving guy, you know, and mischievous and really smart, clever and so, his absence is very much felt.”

On September 9,  Bryce was swept away by floodwaters in Rowan County. Thousands of volunteers took part in a seven-day search for the child. His body was found near Triplett Creek on Sunday, September 16.

Grief counselors were at the school to help anyone struggling with his loss.

“The thing that I think has touched me the most is when I see Clearfield parents coming to get their kids in the afternoon, and they’re covered in mud from head to toe because they’ve been searching all day, when they’re in school,” said Litton. “The support in our community has been amazing and even from people outside the community in.”

A Memorial Scholarship Fund has been set up in Bryce’s name. Click here to learn more.