Firefighters hope 3 child drownings in past week is wake-up call to parents

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's been a heartbreaking few days for three Valley families. Three young children have died in three separate drowning incidents.

[RELATED: 3-year-old boy pulled from pool has died; 3rd drowning in a week]

A 16-month-old toddler was pulled from a pool in Peoria on Thursday. 

A 2-year-old girl fell into a backyard pool in Mesa on Friday. 

On Saturday, a 3-year-old boy drowned after falling into an apartment complex swimming pool, near Baseline Road and 48th Street.

[RELATED: 1-year-old girl dies after being found in Peoria pool]

Phoenix Fire Capt. Reda Bigler said there's no rhyme or reason to explain the sudden jump in drowning calls, but it is a year-round problem in Arizona.

"Whether it's the distractions from going back to school - it's hard to say what the cause is," said Bigler. "But we do see the numbers ramp up when we get into August. It all comes down to supervision."

[RELATED: 2-year-old girl dies after being found in Mesa pool]

Firefighters are hoping the recent tragedies will be a wake-up call to families everywhere that these kinds of tragedies can happen to anyone.

"It only takes 2 seconds," said Bigler. "Drownings are quiet. It comes down to adult supervision. You have to watch kids around water."

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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