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Farragut mourns youth


Zachary Weimer, 12, a Farragut Middle School seventh grader, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, from injuries sustained during a weekend church retreat at Horn’s Creek NOC in Ocoee.

Two Rivers Church pastor Brad Brinson said the accident happened during a ride down a 1,000-foot zip line.

A miscommunication between Horn’s Creek staff sent Zachary, pictured right, down a zip-line before a wooden ladder used to unload the previous rider at the other end had been removed. Zachary hit the ladder at a high rate of speed.

Among others, his injuries included a fractured skull, a brain injury and a fractured lumbar vertebrae.


Shawn Weimer, Zachary’s father, said his son loved sports and was an adventurer.

“We have this incredible picture of him on the zip line. He might have hit there in his bodily form but he continued on that zip line and God was his harness and just carried him away, just kept carrying him.”

Immediately after the accident the family set up a Caring Bridge Web site so family and friends could be kept apprised of Zach-ary’s condition.

On the evening of his passing his mother, Sally Weimer, wrote Zachary was “enjoying the fullness of His eternal life. He has experienced the Hope of Glory. He is forever present with Jesus.”

The Weimers said Zachary’s death was an accident and they do not blame the resort or its staff.

“Accidents happen and we feel the pain of the person who made the mistake and we pray for that person. That was our second prayer when we got in the car after hearing the news. It was for the person who made the mistake,” Sally said.

“We prayed, and listened to others pray, that God would heal Zach,” she said. “That is obviously what we wanted more than anything in the world, to have our son back, healthy and whole. How-ever, we very quickly came to the conclusion that our prayers were not complete unless we added the very important words, ‘Thy Will Be Done.’

“We let God know that we would love Him and serve Him even if He decided to take Zach home with Him. We hoped and prayed that God would do a miracle and heal Zach. However, we tried to prepare ourselves for the possibility that God had a different plan for Zach’s life,” she added.

The family held a “Celebration of Life” service for Zachary at Two Rivers Church Saturday, Oct. 11, at which they asked participants not to wear black.

“Zachary lived life with a smile and zest that made me envious of him,” Shawn said.

“Rarely was he sad or depressed. He was continually looking for that next adventure.”

Shawn added his family wished to express their thanks for the many people who have stood in support of them throughout their ordeal.

“We have been so blessed to have such supportive friends and family members who rushed to our sides in our time of need. Even more incredible are the prayers and words of encouragement from people that never knew Zachary at all,” he said.

 

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