Counseling services available to community following death

BETTSVILLE — Counseling services are available to assist those affected by the death of an Old Fort Local School District student.

About 9:40 p.m. Sunday, a person at 407 Thomas St., Bettsville, reported a 14-year-old boy was not breathing, according to a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office report.

Bettsville EMS, Bettsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Echo unit responded to the scene.

Donovan Ickes, 14, died by suicide and was pronounced deceased at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

Charles Hall, pastor of Reflection Ministries in Bettsville and Ickes’ neighbor, described Ickes as a “great kid” and said Ickes was a member of his church.

“I baptized him two years ago,” he said.

Counselors are to be available at the church, 205 State St., Bettsville, this evening.

Beckie Hartley, the church’s youth group leader, said Ickes was in the group.

Hartley, who has a background in counseling, is to open the doors to the church about 6:30 p.m. today, and she and a grief counselor through Stein Hospice are to stay as long as people need someone.

Services are to be available to anyone, not just youths, Hartley said.

A GoFundMe page was established by Ickes’ grandparents and states Ickes was a happy and energetic boy who loved being outdoors.

“Please pray for our family and children,” it states.

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