Executive producer and local legend disc jockey Rodney Baltimore of Hot 105 welcomed workers Cassie McGovern and Nadia Willy from the Florida Department of Health in Broward to the studio Monday to help promote drowning awareness in the county. McGovern and Willy are promoting the first annual South Florida Water Safety Symposium being held March 3rd at the Sunrise Civic Center. The symposium aims to reach first responders, aquatics professionals and health professionals in the Tri County region with its message on drowning prevention.
When it comes to saving a drowning victim, seconds matter. Angel Rivera, an 11 year old boy, did not waste any time retrieving a 13 year old drowning victim from the bottom of a community pool on April 24th.
Angel noticed the victim at the bottom of the pool and quickly jumped into an 8 foot depth of water, and brought the unconscious girl to the surface of the pool. An adult present, administered CPR to the teen. After several days in the hospital the victim was released fully recovered.
Although the victim was at least a foot taller than Angel, there was no hesitation on his part to help.
On Saturday, May 29th, on behalf of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, Angel was presented the Water Smart Broward Hero Award for taking command of a situation that could have ended tragically.
Angel’s courage is an example that drowning prevention is everyone’s responsibility, and that saving a life takes simple steps by an extraordinary person, regardless of their age.