‘A loving kid’: Father mourns Chesterfield son who drowned in Appomattox River

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities said Monday that a 23-year-old Chesterfield man drowned over the weekend after he got trapped underwater while trying to help another person in the Appomattox River.

According to Chesterfield police, officers were called to the 8600 block of River Road at 2:50 p.m. on June 27 to help rescue personnel with a potential drowning in the river. A man, identified as Brandon T. Barfield, was trapped underwater as he and another man tried to help a third person “in distress on the water,” police said.

Barfield, a 23-year-old from Chesterfield, was pulled from the water by people at the scene. They performed CPR until rescue crews arrived but Barfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said an investigation is ongoing, however they do not suspect any foul play at this point.

On Monday, Bobbie Barfield remembered his 23-year-old son as a person who always went above and beyond to lend a helping hand.

“I’d describe Brandon as a loving kid, he loved life, and he loved his friends dearly,” Barfield said.

His father says what he will miss most about his son is the times they spent bonding outdoors.

“Fishing and hunting, that’s something I taught him from when he was a kid,” Barfield said. “Something we enjoyed doing dearly together.”​

Brandon had aspirations to be a welder, a skilled tradesman who joins metal together. His father is heartbroken he won’t be able to see that dream come true.

“I can’t fault him for it. He just loved doing what he was taught by me,” Barfield said.

Barfield was two hours away from the scene when he got the phone call and learned what happened to his son.

“Several things help me with the closure of this incident with my son,” he said. “One, that he was rescued and his body was recovered. I was there when they recovered him. Two…he was trying to save someone else and that is closure to me.”​

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