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Waterville Boy Dies Following Choking Incident; GoFundMe Account Created

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A three-year-old boy from Waterville died as a result of his choking on food last week.

Asher E. Smith, son of Josh and Kaci Smith, choked while eating last Tuesday. The Heimlich Maneuver and EMT neighbors were unable to revive the boy, who was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and he was later flown to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City where he died early Friday morning after the trauma caused brain swelling.

A Go Fund Me account has been established to assist the family with funeral expenses. Services are planned Friday. The Go Fund Me page can be accessed here.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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