City native drowns in tub

Published 12:19 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A 7-year-old Andalusia native died Sunday night in Brewton of an apparent drowning.

Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said emergency response personnel responded to a 911 call from a Travis Road home Sunday of an unresponsive 7-year-old girl.

EMTs immediately began life-saving measures on the child, identified as Felicity Cirota, who’d been pulled from the bathtub. Cirota was transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Lambert said Cirota’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to determine the cause of death.

Cirota was a student at W.S. Neal Elementary School.

She is survived by her mother, Brandy (Brian) Ward of Brewton; father, Jeremy Cirota of Brewton; two brothers, Xavier Williams and Cypress Boggs; her maternal grandparents Rickey and Debbie Williams of Brady, Texas; paternal grandfather, John Cirota of Pensacola, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Tammy Cirota of East Brewton; and maternal grandparents, Stand and Juanita Ward of Brewton.

W.S. Neal Principal Susan McKenzie said students were informed of Cirota’s death Monday morning.

“Felicity attended school here in the first and second grade, but had transferred around spring break to Excel,” McKenzie said. “During her time here, she was bubbly and outgoing.

“She re-enrolled here Wednesday and seemed to have really matured,” McKenzie said. “She seemed so grown up. It is quite a tragedy.”