Man dies after falling through ice in Bartlett forest preserve

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A 21-year-old man who tried to walk across an ice-covered lake Sunday afternoon fell through the ice in a forest preserve in northwest suburban Bartlett.

The man’s companions called 911 about 4:30 p.m. after he fell through the ice at the West Branch Forest Preserve near East Army Trail and Gerber roads in Bartlett, according to a statement from the DuPage County Forest Preserve.

Emergency personnel from the forest preserve, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Hanover Park, Winfield and the DuPage County sheriff’s office responded to the scene and assisted in the search, the statement said.

Leon Gonzalez was pulled from the lake about 40 minutes later and was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfeild, where he was pronounced dead, according to DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen. Gonzalez lived in Bartlett.

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