resqme, Inc. believes in safety both on and off the road. We are always proud to support organizations dedicated to spreading safety awareness in their community. This past weekend, the Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation (BSWSF) put on an event to spread awareness about water safety for families in their hometown. According to the CDC, “Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.” The BSWSF is headed by Trina Hadley and Eric Sutor and water safety, especially regarding children, is an important cause to them.
Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation was founded in 2011 after the near drowning accident of the founders’ child, Blake. Blake Sutor’s accident occurred on April 27, 2010. He was two years and two months old. He has had a long road of recovery. He is currently walking with a walker; far from the child brought home that couldn’t hold his head up or swallow. Trina Hadley and Eric Sutor’s greatest vision is to never have another family go through what they have.
As related by Trina Hadley, “Another foundation actually came out and teamed up with our efforts to educate the community on water safety. That foundation was Just Against Children Drowning, founded by Paul DeMello. We set up a table right next to the kids’ workshop that was going on at Home Depot. While they were in line or passing by we spoke to the families. We asked them if they had a pool, if their children knew how to swim and various water safety elements. We gave them brochures and water watcher tags and they had a chance to win a resqme tool at our drawing. We stressed how important such a simple tool is to have with them and how it could save their life and the lives of those that are with them if they ended up in a car being submerged. We appreciate the work of Trina and Eric and wish Blake the best of luck on his road to recovery. See the slideshow below for more pictures of the event.
To learn more, visit the Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation Facebook page.
-The resqme team