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Fast Thinking plus Quick Actions – a Lifesaving Formula!

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 Rivera Water Smart Broward Hero Award

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.

Soleila G. Estien (01/04/07-11/27/09)

SoleilaSoleila observed, explored, and learned the world around her. There wasn’t any corner in our home she did not explore. Before long, she was a talking two years old who wanted to be independent, and curiously explore the vast world around her.  Looming, however, was an unforeseen event that would change our lives forever. Read more here

Edna Mae McGovern (12/29/07-8/11/09)

02b10706bd7cfb33de00c3705fba6a19 “Em” McGovern slipped outside of her family’s home unnoticed and drowned in their back yard pool.  She was out of her parents’ sight for only a few minutes.  Her family had a pool fence that had been left open and she opened a sliding glass door to gain access to the pool area.  She was a bright, energetic and independent toddler. Unfortunately her story is not unique. If your toddler goes missing always  check the water first as time is critical!

J’Mari Johnson Became an Angel March 17, 2008

35ba7e46b04a7d8017a02f060873a342On a Saturday afternoon in Lauderhill, little J’Mari Johnson got out of a house and went into the backyard swimming pool. A relative found him in the pool and called 911. Paramedics rushed to the house and took J’Mari to Plantation General Hospital, but efforts to revive him failed.  Keep you doors locked and get the kids into swim lessons when they are little.