GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — The men and women who searched and found the body of Maddox Ritch were honored Tuesday night in Gaston County. 

6-year-old Maddox disappeared at  'Rankin Lake Park in September.

His body was found days later in a nearby creek. An autopsy revealed he died from drowning.

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Tuesday, Members from the Civil Air Patrol who were part of the search efforts received an award of service from the North Carolina Wing Commander for their service to the community.

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