August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month

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The Drexel Heights Fire District is participating in the statewide Drowning Impact Awareness Month campaign throughout August. Each of the four district fire stations will have purple ribbons to hand out that serve as a reminder about being safe around water. They will also be distributing water safety coloring books for kids and water watcher tags for adults.

Drexel Heights paramedics responded to their first drowning call of the season on July 26 when a one-year old boy had stopped breathing in a bathtub. The emergency workers were initially able to regain the boy's heartbeat and breathing, he later passed away. The incident is a tragic reminder as the department launches it's month-long educational campaign about the supervision of children around water.