Evan's life was a gift. Evan lived fully. Evan's story is about the love of swimming, love of life, and love of Jesus.
Siloam Springs Police Department Gets Swift Water Rescue Gear
Police officers and first responders met with Tracy Billingsley of the Evan Thomas Foundation on Tuesday for a donation ceremony at the Police Department. The foundation made a donation of four swift water rescue kits to the police department, which Police Chief Jim Wilmeth said didn't have any water rescue gear before the donation. The donation epitomizes the work of the foundation in the two years since Evan Thomas' tragic drowning in the Illinois River, just downstream of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, on June 17, 2014. Billingsley, who is Thomas' mother, and the foundation have partnered with first responders, veterans and swim teams in sponsorships, scholarships and donations in her son's honor, - Michael Burchfiel, Herald Leader