Firefighters install free pool fence for Valley veteran

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 3 at 9:54 PM

PHOENIX -- Valley firefighters gathered at the home of a Glendale veteran Thursday morning to install a brand new pool fence, for free.

The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association's Adopt-Pool-Fence Program chose Sgt. Marcos Otero to receive the fence. Otero is a severely wounded soldier receiving services through the Army's Wounded Warrior Program.

He served two deployments in Iraq and was awarded the Combat Action Badge after multiple hostile engagements with the enemy. As a result, Marcos was diagnosed with severe PTS and medically retired from the Army.

"We couldn't think of anyone better to give it to," says Rich Bauer, Director of Community Programs for Firefighters Charities.  "He's someone who served our country, and was severely wounded serving our country."

Marcos and his wife recently purchased their first home in Glendale. The couple has a one-year-old son and another child on the way.

Bauer stressed the importance of having a pool barrier when young children are around. "It's not only important to have a pool fence. It has to be in proper working order;  it has to be up to code. If you don't have a pool fence, you're simply playing Russian Roulette with your child's life. It's impossible to keep eye contact on them all the time."

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