Family of Beloit Drowning Victim Donates Funds to Rescue Crews

ROCKTON (WIFR) -- The family of a Beloit teen who drowned while vacationing over the Fourth of July holiday is giving back to rescuers in hopes they'll be able to save others’ lives.

Family and friends of Thomas Biggs gathered at their church in Rockton to remember the teen and raise money for search and rescue groups. They held a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and had items to auction off.

Biggs was camping with his family in Portage, Wisconsin when he went missing on the Fourth of July. His body was found in a nearby pond two days later.

Biggs' friends described him as a very godly young man.

"He was very spiritual and he was helped me so much with my faith and his family has too. They're very wonderful Christian people,” Emily Chambliss, who organized the fundraiser, said.

The family was originally going to use the money raised to pay for funeral expenses, but decided it would be better used by the search and rescue groups who helped find Biggs.

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