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Friends and family created a memorial for Dylan Thorp along the Mississippi River at Lions Levee Park, where he drowned Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Emily Buss/South Washington County Bulletin)

Parents of drowning victim hope loss saves others

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ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. -- Dylan Thorp loved being with friends and spending time outdoors.

A smiley 14-year-old, Dylan liked swimming, fishing and geocaching. He also liked to bring the outdoors inside.


“He loved to rescue animals,” recalled his mother, Danelle Johnson. “We’ve had so many critters we’ve had to take on.”

Dylan brought home small turtles, a snapping turtle and, after a fishing trip, even bait fish.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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