Amburn and Porterfield families find comfort in the community support after devastating loss

Carter Amburn
Carter Amburn
Carter's Father
Carter's Father

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two Shelby County families are trying to pick up the pieces as they mourn the loss of two loved ones who died in a drowning accident.

The accident happened Sunday afternoon off 96 South at County Road 1005 when 7-year-old, Carter Amburn, lost control of an ATV and drove it into a pond. Moments later, 50-year-old Danny Porterfield jumped in to save him.

KTRE talked with both families and they say they are devastated by this heartbreaking loss.

7-year-old Carter Amburn's father says he is forever grateful to Danny Porterfield for giving his life to try and save his little boy.

Carter's father, Raymond Amburn said, "Danny is a great hero for what he's done."

Amburn held back tears as he said how thankful he is that Porterfield tried to save his 7-year-old son, Carter.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Carter was driving an ATV, when he lost control and crashed into a pond.

"Danny, a great friend of ours, went in to save him, unbuckle him and he couldn't swim," said Amburn. "He got my son out of the ATV but my son was a great swimmer, but he couldn't, he didn't make it back. Maybe in panic. I don't understand."

Porterfield's wife, Gena, said Danny, his 4-year-old grandson, Keithan and Carter were out fishing and Carter wanted to drive the Polaris RZR atv so Danny helped buckle him in.

Gena says the next thing she knew, Keithan came running into the house, dripping wet and screaming that Carter and his grandpa were both under the water.

Gena told KTRE that her husband acted heroically when he jumped into this pond behind me to try and save Amburn, knowing that he probably would not survive because he could not swim.

Both families say they are finding solace and comfort in the support of their family, friends and the community.

"In times like this there's nothing else that can help you but support and love from your community and people that surround you," said Amburn.

Amburn family friend Alisha Davidson set up a fundraiser page to help ease the family's financial burden.

"It's something that you can never plan for and hopefully with the money that we'll raise it'll help with funeral expenses and time that Mollie won't be at work and so just to take away any kind of burden that we can from them," said Davidson.

And the response has been overwhelming, the community has donated more than $14,000  for the Amburn family in just one day.

Davidson said, "I can't believe the response. I can't believe it but at the same time I do believe it because that's the kind of community we live in."

You can make donations and send your condolences right here:

Danny Porterfield's viewing will be at Watson & Son Funeral Home, Thursday, 8/8/13 from 6:06-8:08 PM. His funeral will be Friday, 8/9/13 at 2:02 PM at First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

Carter Amburn's funeral is set for Wednesday at First United Pentecostal Church in Center. His viewing is Tuesday.

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