Honor walk held for girl who died following bounce house accident
Renown Regional Medical Center held an honor walk for the little girl who died after a bounce house blew into power lines.
More than 200 people lined the halls at Renown Friday, July 19, 2019 for a procession paying tribute to Lizzy Hammond. Lizzy was moved from the 4th floor at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to the hospital's operating room where her organs will be retrieved and donated.
The procession involved friends and family, Nevada's Army National Guard, REMSA, representatives from regional law enforcement, hospital staff, and local non-profits.
The family released this statement on Friday:
It is with heavy hearts that the Hammond family must officially announce the death of our beloved Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hammond. Lizzy was 9 years old at the time of the horrific incident that took place on Sunday, July 14 involving a bounce house.
Our precious Lizzy was a beautiful, intelligent, silly, vibrant little girl who was full of life. She was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, teammate and beloved friend. She was an active volunteer in the local community where she enjoyed feeding the homeless, shopping with the Sheriff, building care packages for local soldiers deployed overseas and providing school supplies to less-fortunate children in the area. Lizzy was a confirmed Catholic and an active member of her church, St. Alberts.
Lizzy loved all first responders. She was extremely patriotic and wholeheartedly supported the U.S. military, as well as her local police, sheriff, and fire departments. She was a warm, kind, and selfless girl who loved everyone and everything. Given Lizzy’s generous spirit, she will be donating her organs which will allow her to help upwards of 80-100 children nationwide. We believe from the bottom of our hearts that giving this gift of life to others would have been her wishes.
Lizzy’s Honor Walk will be held July 19 after which she will transcend from her physical form into the guardian angel that she is. We believe that her beautiful spirit will carry on within the individuals that she helps.
We want to sincerely thank members of the Nevada National Guard, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Reno Fire Department, REMSA, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the wonderful nurses and doctors that helped and supported Lizzy through her final days with us.
The Hammond Family
Earlier this week, Lizzy's family released a statement to the community:
“The Hammond family thanks the community for its outpouring of support during this difficult time after a recent accident involving our daughter, Lizzy. We are with family and friends and ask for privacy during this time. Your continued thoughts and support are appreciated,” says a Renown Health Spokesperson.
Authorities say wind blew the bounce house into power lines 10 feet in the air Sunday, July 14, 2019, leading to the rescue of three children by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
It happened just after 4 p.m. in the 4000 block of Lone Tree Lane southwest of Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Two other children were treated on scene.
NV Energy turned off power in the area, leading to a power outage for about 3,000 customers in new southwest Reno.
Authorities said it seems the bounce house was secured to the ground but got caught by an especially strong gust of wind.
NV Energy has since restored power.