Nothing can prepare us for the situations in life that test us, but ultimately, the decisions we make in crucial moments reflect who we are. 10-Year-old Ricky Lee Sneve loved fishing, helping out at home, and above all else, he loved his family. On June 12, Ricky, his dad, and his siblings were spending time together at the Big Sioux River. When several kids fell in the water, both Ricky and his dad jumped in to save them.
Ricky’s dad, Chad Sneve, pulled two of the younger children to safety while Ricky pushed his little sister Chevelle to shore. When Chad turned to find Ricky, however, the young hero was nowhere to be found. Tragically, after ensuring his sister was safe, Ricky had drowned.
“He saved his sisters’ life and took his own,” Ricky’s mom, Nicole Eufers told Argus Leader.
The loss of a life is always heartbreaking, but losing a child is unfathomable. Those close to Ricky were devastated by the loss, but unsurprised that the selfless hero made the ultimate sacrifice to save his little sister.
“He was generous, kind and special in more ways than I can begin to explain,” Chad Sneve said. “He was my everything, and he touched everyone he encountered.”
Ricky’s uncle set up a GoFundMe to help his family with various expenses including Ricky’s funeral. Donations and words of support poured in, praising Ricky and his heroism while offering condolences to the heartbroken family.
“He’d do anything to help his mom or anyone at that, without ever being asked,” Ricky’s uncle said of the 10-year-old. “Ricky gave his life trying to do what he knew was best.”