By Elisha Fieldstadt

The 10-year-old boy who died on Valentine’s Day after falling through ice on a Tennessee pond was trying to save his sister, the family’s pastor said.

About 11 a.m. Sunday, Shelby County and Millington firefighters and Shelby County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 8000 block of Brunswick Road, according to officials.

They found a 10-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister had fallen through a frozen pond at the home, which is just east of Millington, sheriff’s office Lt. Dallas Wolfe said in a statement.

Both children were brought to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in nearby Memphis, where the boy was pronounced dead.

Leawood East Baptist Church Pastor Stacy Stilgenbauer told NBC News on Wednesday that the boy, Benjamin Luckett, was trying to help his 6-year-old sister, Abigail, out of the pond when he fell in, too.

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