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Scott Schwab says ‘thank you’ for support after son’s death on Verrückt; his attorney wants answers

Kansas Rep. Scott Schwab thanks supporters in his first public statements since his son’s death at Schlitterbahn.
Kansas Rep. Scott Schwab thanks supporters in his first public statements since his son’s death at Schlitterbahn. File

Scott Schwab, in his first public statement since his son Caleb Schwab’s funeral Friday, thanked supporters and hoped that an investigation would provide assurances that another tragedy would not happen again.

“Words will never convey the appreciation Michele, the boys, and I have for all those who expressed their love and support the last week and a half,” Schwab said in a statement issued through his attorney, Michael Rader. “ ‘Thank you’ seems so inadequate to express our appreciation, but it is the only phrase we have. So, from the depths of out hearts, we thank you.”

Caleb, 10, died Aug. 7 when he rode down Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., with two women. The death remains under investigation.

Caleb was there with his family on a day when elected officials were invited to enjoy the park. Scott Schwab is a Kansas House representative from Olathe.

“While we try to step forward into the new normal life without Caleb in our presence, we find hope with the current investigation into the incident to provide answers and assurances that such tragedy would not strike again,” Schwab said.

Schwab hired Leawood law firm Bartimus Frickleton Robertson to represent the family.

Rader, a partner at the firm, said Schlitterbahn has cooperated with his independent investigation into the circumstances of Caleb’s death.

“Schlitterbahn continues to cooperate with our independent investigation surrounding the tragic loss of Caleb Schwab,” Rader said in a statement. “I can say that my firm and I, along with our team of experts, are doing everything in our power to ensure that all questions surrounding the cause of this tragedy are fully answered.”

Steve Vockrodt: 816-234-4277, @st_vockrodt

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