The 2-year-old boy who died Friday from complications of the E. coli illness that has sickened at least 38 people was the son of a Gastonia police officer, and members of the department are rallying around the family.
Gage Lefevers was sickened after his family attended the Cleveland County Fair, and he was among a number of victimswho developed serious complications from the illness.
Gastonia police said Tuesday that Gage’s father, Josh, had been hired by the department Aug. 6, has been in a training program, and has not been assigned to a district.
“This is a terrible tragedy and an unfathomable loss for the Lefevers family,” Gastonia police said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to them.”
Police remind the public that a fund has been set up to help pay the family’s medical costs. Donations can be made to the Gage Lefevers Memorial Fund and left at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.