DROWNING AT ROSE LANE POOL
JUNE 3, 2011
Photos and Story by Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV
Fire, Parks and Recreation Department and Southwest Ambulance staged a
pretend drowning for 2011 Glendale Water Safety Day at the Rose Lane
Aquatic Center at 5003 W. Marlette Avenue in Glendale.
The event was sponsored by the Glendale Fire Department, Glendale
Parks and Recreation Department, Walgreens, and Sanderson Ford.
mock drowning performed by
Glendale Firefights, Southwest Ambulance crews and the Rose Lane Aquatics
Center life guards is intended to educate families of the impact of a
drowning and to promote water safety.
since 2000, on average approximately 20 children have died each year due
to drowning in Maricopa County," sand Glendale Fire Chief Mark
every fatal child drowning, there are several other who suffer from
lifelong disabilities due to near drowning."
Chief Burdick continued, "We
are asking everyone to learn how to swim, learn CPR and of course, always
what you children around water," Chief Burdick added.
should remember the ABC's of water safety.
Are you keeping eye-to-eye supervision
when kids are any body of water
Is there a pool fence in good repair
with a working lock?
Learn CPR and everyone should learn to
reminder flier can be viewed and printed at http://www.phoenixchildrenshospital.com.
information is in English and Spanish.
Read it and posted in areas where it will be seen and read
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fun at Rose Lane .
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is summer time at least by the high afternoon temperatures, and time to go
to the pool.
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just take a few seconds for a child to slip under the water without being
notices. Friday's staged
event has many professional eyes watched Cole Kutis pretend he is in
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life guards dive-in and begin the rescue to save the swimmer's life.
victim is pulled out of the water.
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is now on a stretcher, Life
guards get ready to perform CPR.
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Rose Lane life guards are about to begin CPR.
life guard breathes into the swimmer's lungs while another uses
compressions to try and revive the young swimmer.
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help arrives to try and save the boy's life.
There was very little sound coming from the swimmers on the grassy
areas. Everyone took this
presentation very seriously.
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It is important to note just
how much care and attention this drowning victim is getting from the life
guards and the Glendale Paramedics. They
want this story to have a happy ending and for the boy to be fully revived
and able to do all of the things he could do before the accident.
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young victim is being carefully transported to the ambulance.
Time is critical for
drowning victims, this patient will be transported to the emergency room
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a hot day, Rose Lane Aquatic Center is a busy place. Hopefully, Friday's
demonstration will reminder everyone to watch children around water.
The crowd was quiet all during the rescue.
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rescued child is quickly and carefully taken to the awaiting helicopter to
be taken to the emergency room.
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HALO Flight air ambulance is about to land in the parking lot not to the
Rose Lane Pool.
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Ambulance and HALO crew rush their patient to the air ambulance.
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T. Valenzuela, Glendale Firefighter, Public Information Officer and
Community Relations Division Manager talks to the press to get the word
out about water safety. This
story had a happy
but not all of them do.
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young drowning victim was played by Cole Kutis, his mom is an employee of
the Glendale Fire Department. Cole
is OK! He is a student a
Cocopah Elementary School in Scottsdale.
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the left is Katy Szapa, Miriah Gonzales, and Hasrah Thomas offered free
information about getting a pool fence for those families who may not
otherwise be able to afford one.
your home does not currently have a pool fence, you may be eligible to
received a donated pool fence through the Adopt-a-Pool Fence program.
Families with young children in need of financial assistance of
encouraged to apply.
PROGRAM ASSISTANCE CRITERIA
A child 6 years or younger must be living in the
The home must be owner-occupied
Families must demonstrate financial need
Special circumstance will be considered
Families must reside in Maricopa County.
go to www.saverkids.org
for more information or to complete an application, or call Valley of the
Sun United Way, Program Coordinator, at 602-631-4843.
más informatión or para llenar una solicitud, pol favor visite www.saverkids.org,
o communíquese con el Coordinador del Programa de Valley of the Sun
United Way at 602-631-4843.
of Glendale Parks and Recreation offers
swimming classes and the Glendale Fire Department offers classes in CPR.
For more information on water safety, visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation/aquatics.cfm
or call 623-930-2840.