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May 15, 2019
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Taking Care of Business

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  • - I SAID WHEN YOU KNOW I'M GOING TO CHECK THE POOLS FIRST.
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  • IT WAS ALMOST LIKE IT WASN'T A JOKE
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  • BUT I TOOK WATER SAFETY SO SERIOUSLY
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  • THAT EVERY TIME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE EVER
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  • THAT I'VE PASSED A POOL, A STREAM, ANYTHING,
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  • I'VE ALWAYS JUST OUT OF INSTINCT LOOKED IN IT.
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  • - AND SOMEHOW AROUND 6 O'CLOCK,
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  • AN ADULT WAS NOT ASSIGNED TO THE POOL DUTY.
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  • AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW THAT HAPPENED.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW WHY, WHOMEVER WAS IN CHARGE,
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  • DIDN'T TAG THE NEXT ADULT TO BE IN CHARGE.
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  • - THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE MOVING AROUND
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  • AND THINGS GOING ON AND I WAS UP IN MY FRONT OFFICE
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  • AND I REMEMBER HEARING KATHY SAY, "HAVE YOU SEEN JOSH?"
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  • AND WHEN YOU HEAR THOSE WORDS ABOUT A CHILD
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  • YOUR HEART DROPS, YOU SWALLOW HARD.
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  • - EVERY DAY WE AS PARENTS DO OUR BEST TO TRAIN OUR CHILDREN
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  • TO BE AWARE OF THREATS TO THEIR SAFETY.
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  • DON'T TOUCH THE STOVE, THAT'S HOT, YOU'LL GET BURNED.
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  • DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS.
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  • DON'T GET INTO A CAR WITH SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW.
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  • ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET.
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  • THROUGH REPETITION WE INSTILL THESE CAUTIONS
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  • BECAUSE AS PARENTS WE'RE AWARE OF THE DANGERS THEY FACE.
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  • BUT ARE WE?
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  • LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.
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  • CAN YOU GUESS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR CHILDREN?
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  • IS IT FALLING?
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  • PERHAPS VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS?
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  • OR CHILDHOOD DISEASES?
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  • WELL, YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN
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  • THAT THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR CHILDREN UNDER FOUR
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  • AND THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR CHILDREN
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  • BETWEEN FOUR AND FOURTEEN IS DROWNING.
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  • MOST OF US HAVE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DROWNING
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  • THAT UNNECESSARILY PUT OUR CHILDREN AT RISK.
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  • AND IN THIS AREA A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
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  • CAN LEAVE EVEN THE BEST OF PARENTS FACING THE UNTHINKABLE.
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  • (GENTLE MUSIC)
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
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  • (SAXOPHONE WAILS)
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  • (WOOSH SOUND)
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  • - MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 14 YEARS.
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  • WE HAVE THREE KIDS AND WITH TWO GIRLS,
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  • LILY IS NINE AND REECE IS FIVE.
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  • AND THEN LEVI WAS THREE.
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  • AND WE ALWAYS KNEW WE WANTED THREE KIDS.
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  • THAT WAS OUR, WE'RE GONNA HAVE THREE KIDS.
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  • AND WE HAD THESE TWO GIRLS AND THEN WHEN I WAS PREGNANT
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  • WITH THE THIRD ONE WE TRIED TO PRETEND WE DON'T CARE,
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  • IT'S FINE, WHATEVER IT IS, IT'S GONNA BE FINE.
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  • IF IT'S A THIRD GIRL THAT'S GREAT, THEY HAVE SISTERS.
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  • BUT WE REALLY, REALLY WANTED A BOY.
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  • WE WERE SO HAPPY AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS
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  • OF MY LIFE JUST BECAUSE I KNEW THAT WAS OUR LAST,
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  • THAT WAS OUR LAST BABY.
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  • AND AT NIGHT EVERY NIGHT AT BEDTIME
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  • HE WOULD ASK, "MOM CAN I HAVE ALL THE HUGS
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  • AND ALL THE KISSES?"
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  • HE WAS SO SNUGGLY AND HE WAS SUCH A LITTLE MOMMA'S BOY.
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  • I WOULD GIVE HIM TEN HUGS AND TEN KISSES
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  • AND WE WOULD COUNT 'EM OUT.
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  • AND THEN I WOULD GET HALFWAY TO THE DOOR,
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  • I MEAN IT WAS THIS ROUTINE THAT WE HAD,
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  • I'D BE HALFWAY TO THE DOOR,
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  • AND HE WOULD SAY, "THAT WAS NOT ALL THE HUGS MOMMA.
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  • YOU HAVE MORE HUGS, GIVE ME MORE HUGS."
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  • SO I'D GO BACK, GIVE HIM MORE HUGS AND MORE KISSES.
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  • TELL HIM I LOVED HIM EVERY NIGHT.
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  • HE WAS JUST SO CHERISHED AND BROUGHT SO MUCH ENERGY
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  • AND JOY AND LAUGHTER AND CRAZINESS TO OUR HOUSE.
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  • HE WAS JUST SO SPECIAL.
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  • (GENTLE MUSIC)
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  • - BOTH OF MY CHILDREN ARE ADOPTED.
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  • WE WERE ON A TWO YEAR WAITING PERIOD
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  • WHEN WE GOT JOSHUA.
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  • IT WAS TWO WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
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  • AND WE WERE CALLED AND SAID, THERE'S A BABY.
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  • WE NEED TO GO, YOU NEED TO PICK HIM UP.
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  • HE SMILED CONSTANTLY AND EVERYBODY LOVED HIM.
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  • - WE LIVED IN A HOME WHEN ALL THREE OF OUR BABIES WERE BORN
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  • THAT HAD A POOL AREA THAT WAS FENCED.
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  • SO FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THEIR LIVES
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  • I KNEW THAT I NEEDED TO INTRODUCE WATER
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  • I DID RESEARCH AND I DISCOVERED THE ISR PROGRAM.
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  • WHEN BABIES ARE, I THINK, AS YOUNG AS SIX MONTHS OLD
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  • THEY CAN START TO LEARN WATER SAFETY.
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  • WE ALWAYS THOUGHT AS MOST PARENTS PROBABLY DO,
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  • WE WATCH OUR KIDS SO CLOSELY.
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  • WE HAVE THIS ISR TRAINING BUT I'M SURE
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  • WE'RE NEVER GOING TO LET AN INCIDENT HAPPEN
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  • BECAUSE WE'RE JUST DILIGENT.
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  • - SO EVERY YEAR WE GO TO THIS BEACH HOUSE.
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  • WE'VE BEEN GOING TO THIS PARTICULAR BEACH HOUSE
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  • FOR SEVEN YEARS.
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  • AND WE'VE KNOWN THESE FRIENDS FOR 11 YEARS.
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  • SINCE BEFORE ANY OF US HAD KIDS,
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  • WE'D ALWAYS GONE TO THE BEACH TOGETHER.
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  • BEFORE WE EVEN WALKED OUT THE BACK DOOR
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  • TO HEAD TO THE BEACH THAT MORNING,
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  • I MADE SURE HE HAD HIS LIFE JACKET ON WITH THE SUNSCREEN.
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  • I TOOK WATER SAFETY VERY SERIOUSLY.
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  • I REALLY TRULY DID.
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  • EVERY SINGLE PICTURE OF HIM THAT DAY,
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  • EVERYTHING WE DID,
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  • HE'S FLYING A KITE WITH HIS DAD,
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  • HE'S WEARING A LIFE JACKET.
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  • HE'S SITTING IN A BEACH CHAIR WEARING A LIFE JACKET
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  • IN THE BEACH CHAIR EATING M&M'S.
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  • FOR THE LAST NINE YEARS ANY TIME WE'RE AROUND WATER
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  • ONE OF US ALWAYS SAYS, HEY, DO YOU HAVE THEM,
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  • DO YOU HAVE THEM?
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  • AND YES, I GOT 'EM.
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  • AND THIS TIME WE DIDN'T BECAUSE WE WERE INSIDE.
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  • I SAW THEM COME IN.
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  • WE WEREN'T EVEN THINKING.
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  • WE WEREN'T SWIMMING.
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  • IT WASN'T, HE WAS IN REGULAR CLOTHES.
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  • HE WAS WEARING KHAKI SHORTS
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  • AND A NEON YELLOW CRAB HUNTING SHIRT.
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  • AND WE WERE CLEANING UP AFTER DINNER.
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  • IT DIDN'T EVEN CROSS OUR MINDS THAT THIS WAS A TIME
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  • THAT WE NEEDED TO DESIGNATE SOMEONE WHO WAS WATCHING HIM.
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  • - IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SPRING JUNE DAY
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  • AND LOTS OF PEOPLE HANGING OUT AT THE HOUSE
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  • AND HANGING OUT AT THE POOL.
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  • SOME OF THE PEOPLE LEFT TO GO GET BARBECUE STUFF.
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  • OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WERE GETTING READY TO COME OVER.
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  • AND THROUGH THAT TRANSITION, AND THAT PROCESS,
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  • THERE WAS THE TIME WHEN THE POOL WAS TOTALLY EMPTY
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  • AND NOBODY WAS THERE.
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  • - WE HAD A COUPLE OVER FOR DINNER
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  • WHO HAS A SIX YEAR OLD AND A TWO YEAR OLD
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  • AND SO THERE WERE FOUR ADULTS AND FIVE TODDLERS BASICALLY.
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  • WE WERE SHOWING THEM OUR NEW HOUSE SO WE WERE BARBECUING
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  • AND DOING ALL OF THAT BUT WE SPECIFICALLY MADE A POINT
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  • TO SAY THE POOL FENCE ISN'T UP YET
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  • SO ONE ADULT ALWAYS NEEDS TO BE WATCHING THE POOL.
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  • - I WATCHED HIM WALK OVER
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  • AND HE WAS STANDING BY THE COFFEE TABLE
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  • BECAUSE THE COUCH WAS FILLED WITH KIDS.
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  • HE WAS STANDING BY THE COFFEE TABLE
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  • AND HE STOOD THERE EATING HIS CHEETOS.
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  • I LOOKED UP AND THERE WAS A PLATE OF BROWNIES
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  • ON THE COUNTER AND SOMEBODY HAD JUST TAKEN THE COVER OFF
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  • AND I THOUGHT WELL OKAY I'M GONNA GO GET ONE
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  • AND GIVE PART OF IT TO LEVI.
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  • AND SO I GO OVER, AND I BROKE THE BROWNIE.
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  • THEY'RE ALREADY SMALL, REALLY INTO TWO BITES,
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  • KINDA BROKEN IN HALF.
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  • AND I PUT ONE IN HIS CHEETO BOWL, RUFFLED HIS HAIR,
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  • AND HE SAID, "OH BROWNIE, THANKS MOM."
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  • AND I RUFFLE HIS HAIR AND I SAY,
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  • "YOU'RE WELCOME, YOU'RE WELCOME BUDDY."
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  • AND AS I WALKED OUT THE DOOR, I OPENED THE DOOR,
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  • AND PURPOSELY, DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT LEVI WAS MISSING,
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  • TRULY HAD LIKE STILL WAS EATING THIS BROWNIE,
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  • THIS ONE BITE OF A BROWNIE.
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  • DID NOT EVEN KNOW HE WAS MISSING.
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  • HE WAS ON THE COUCH.
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  • HE WAS ON THE COUCH.
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  • OPEN THE DOOR, PURPOSELY LOOKED OVER THE BALCONY,
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  • AND SAW HIM.
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  • - THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE MOVING AROUND
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  • AND THINGS GOING ON AND I WAS UP IN MY FRONT OFFICE
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  • AND I REMEMBER HEARING KATHY SAY, "HAVE YOU SEEN JOSH?"
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  • AND WHEN YOU HEAR THOSE WORDS ABOUT A CHILD
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  • YOUR HEART DROPS, YOU SWALLOW HARD,
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  • THEN WE JUST, I STARTED MOVING OUT OF MY OFFICE IMMEDIATELY
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  • AND THEN I HEARD HER SCREAM.
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  • AND I DON'T KNOW WHY BUT I JUST STARTED BOLTING
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  • TO GO DOWNSTAIRS TO GET TO THAT BACKYARD
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  • AND SHE WAS ALMOST RUNNING ME OVER.
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  • MY BROTHER IN LAW WAS RIGHT THERE TOO.
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  • SO ALL THREE OF US GOT OUT THERE,
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  • AND SHE HAD SEEN HIM IN THE BACKYARD FLOATING IN THE POOL.
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  • - SOMEHOW AROUND 6 O'CLOCK
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  • AN ADULT WAS NOT ASSIGNED TO THE POOL DUTY.
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  • AT THAT FIVE MINUTE PERIOD OF TIME OUR YOUNGEST SON BEN,
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  • HE WAS RIDING HIS TRICYCLE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE POOL
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  • AND JUST CUT ONE CORNER TOO SHORT.
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  • WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE THERE IS A NEST CAMERA OUTSIDE
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  • THAT CAPTURED ALL OF THIS ON VIDEO.
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  • SO HE TOOK THE CORNER TOO CLOSE
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  • AND THE TRICYCLE FELL INTO THE POOL.
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  • (WOOSH SOUND)
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  • - PARENTS ARE USED TO TAKING PRECAUTIONS
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  • WHEN CHILDREN ARE SWIMMING.
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  • USING APPROVED LIFE PRESERVERS.
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  • USING A BUDDY SYSTEM.
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  • AND ALWAYS HAVING AN ADULT ACTIVELY WATCHING.
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  • THESE ARE SAFEGUARDS WE ALL KNOW
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  • THAT ARE ESSENTIAL WHEN CHILDREN ARE PLAYING IN THE WATER.
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  • HOWEVER, NEARLY 70% OF CHILD DROWNINGS
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  • OCCUR WHEN THE PARENT DOESN'T THINK THE CHILD
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  • IS IN OR NEAR THE WATER
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  • AND MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT A DROWNING CHILD
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  • WILL SPLASH AND CRY OUT FOR HELP,
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  • AND THAT THERE'S A WINDOW OF AT LEAST A FEW MINUTES
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  • TO RESCUE THEM.
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  • BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT A CHILD CAN DROWN
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  • IN LESS THAN A MINUTE
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  • AND IT USUALLY HAPPENS WITHOUT A SOUND.
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  • (WOOSH SOUND)
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  • - HE WAS FACE DOWN IN THE DEEP END, THE RIGHT CORNER,
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  • AND IT WAS JUST, EVERYTHING ELSE WAS SHUT OUT,
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  • EXCEPT FOR THIS FLASH OF NEON YELLOW
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  • AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WATER.
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  • MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS CONFUSION.
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  • AND AS MUCH AS I SIT HERE AND SAY,
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  • I ALWAYS CHECKED THE WATER, I TOOK WATER SAFETY SERIOUSLY,
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  • I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW THAT KIDS DROWNED.
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  • IT WASN'T REALLY SOMETHING I THOUGHT,
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  • WE WEREN'T EVEN SWIMMING, HOW?
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  • HE'S WEARING KHAKI SHORTS.
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  • YOU CAN DROWN WHEN YOU'RE NOT SWIMMING?
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  • I WAS GENUINELY CONFUSED, GENUINELY CONFUSED.
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  • AND THEN OF COURSE IMMEDIATELY PANICKED.
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  • AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS A DEFENSE MECHANISM OR NOT,
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  • BUT I KNEW HE WAS DEAD WHEN I SAW HIM IN THE WATER.
  • 00:11:06.040 --> 00:11:08.280
  • - WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT ABOUT 10 OR 15 SECONDS IN
  • 00:11:09.000 --> 00:11:14.110
  • THE SIX YEAR OLD THAT WAS THERE HEARD THE COMMOTION
  • 00:11:14.130 --> 00:11:18.010
  • CAME RUNNING AND SAW BEN IN THE POOL
  • 00:11:18.030 --> 00:11:21.070
  • AND THEN TRIED TO TALK TO HIM FOR A COUPLE MINUTES,
  • 00:11:21.090 --> 00:11:25.100
  • KIND OF SAID, BEN, SWIM BEN, SWIM, OH NO.
  • 00:11:25.120 --> 00:11:29.020
  • AND STARTED RUNNING IN THE HOUSE TO WARN US.
  • 00:11:29.040 --> 00:11:32.030
  • - I REMEMBER SCREAMING OUT HIS NAME.
  • 00:11:32.050 --> 00:11:36.210
  • EVERYBODY WENT RUNNING DOWNSTAIRS.
  • 00:11:36.230 --> 00:11:39.060
  • WE PULLED JOSHUA OUT.
  • 00:11:39.080 --> 00:11:41.180
  • I JUMPED IN THE POOL FULLY CLOTHED.
  • 00:11:41.200 --> 00:11:47.010
  • WE GOT HIM IN THE BASEMENT
  • 00:11:47.030 --> 00:11:51.280
  • AND IMMEDIATELY STARTED CPR ON HIM.
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:55.080
  • HE WAS BLUE.
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:57.080
  • - AND SO I RAN, IT WAS A SPIRAL STAIRCASE,
  • 00:11:57.100 --> 00:12:00.030
  • AND I SPRINTED DOWN THE STAIRS
  • 00:12:00.050 --> 00:12:02.080
  • AND JUMPED IN THE WATER AND GRABBED HIM.
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:07.130
  • BY THE TIME WE THREW HIM OUT OF THE WATER ALL SIX,
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:11.110
  • THERE WAS FIVE ANESTHESIOLOGISTS AND OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
  • 00:12:11.130 --> 00:12:14.230
  • AND ALL SIX OF THEM, THEY JUST POURED OUT OF THE HOUSE
  • 00:12:14.250 --> 00:12:17.280
  • AND THEY WERE THERE ON THE SIDE OF THE POOL
  • 00:12:18.000 --> 00:12:20.130
  • JUST READY, READY, TO FIX THIS.
  • 00:12:20.150 --> 00:12:24.100
  • I'M HANGING ON TO THE RAIL, LEVI'S OVER HERE BEHIND ME,
  • 00:12:24.120 --> 00:12:29.130
  • THEY ARE WORKING ON HIM.
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:30.240
  • I CAN HEAR THEM, I CAN FEEL HOW DESPERATE THEY ARE
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:34.160
  • TO BRING THIS BABY BACK.
  • 00:12:34.180 --> 00:12:37.190
  • - THEY GOT HIM TO ASPIRATE AND THAT'S WHEN I THOUGHT,
  • 00:12:37.210 --> 00:12:42.070
  • HE'S GONNA BE OKAY, THEY GOT HIM BACK.
  • 00:12:42.090 --> 00:12:46.100
  • IT WAS NOT THE CASE.
  • 00:12:46.120 --> 00:12:48.080
  • THEY DID NOT GET HIM BREATHING AGAIN.
  • 00:12:48.100 --> 00:12:52.240
  • FIRE DEPARTMENT SHOWED UP, THE EMT'S.
  • 00:12:52.260 --> 00:12:56.250
  • I RODE IN THE AMBULANCE AND THEY WORKED ON HIM CONSTANTLY.
  • 00:12:56.270 --> 00:13:03.230
  • - I HAD TO GO UPSTAIRS
  • 00:13:03.250 --> 00:13:05.010
  • AND HAD TO TELL MY FIVE AND NINE YEAR OLD THAT--
  • 00:13:05.030 --> 00:13:08.160
  • I MEAN I KNEW HE WAS DEAD
  • 00:13:08.180 --> 00:13:09.280
  • AND I NEEDED THEM TO UNDERSTAND HOW SERIOUS THIS WAS
  • 00:13:10.000 --> 00:13:12.160
  • BUT I ALSO WASN'T READY TO TELL THEM.
  • 00:13:12.180 --> 00:13:16.110
  • HE WAS BEING AIRLIFTED AND HE WAS TECHNICALLY STILL ALIVE.
  • 00:13:16.130 --> 00:13:19.170
  • I HAD TO TELL THEM.
  • 00:13:19.190 --> 00:13:21.290
  • AND THEY WERE LIKE, HOW BAD IS IT, HOW BAD IS IT?
  • 00:13:22.010 --> 00:13:23.060
  • AND I SAID, IT IS REALLY BAD.
  • 00:13:23.080 --> 00:13:24.230
  • IT'S REALLY BAD.
  • 00:13:24.250 --> 00:13:25.280
  • AND THEY SAID, BUT HE'S GONNA BE OKAY.
  • 00:13:26.000 --> 00:13:28.260
  • I DON'T KNOW, WE DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:13:28.280 --> 00:13:30.000
  • AND MY FIVE YEAR OLD SAID,
  • 00:13:30.020 --> 00:13:31.070
  • "OKAY I'M JUST GONNA THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS."
  • 00:13:31.090 --> 00:13:35.030
  • BUT I THOUGHT OKAY, OH MY GOSH, HOW ARE WE GONNA LOSE Y'ALL,
  • 00:13:35.050 --> 00:13:37.290
  • ARE MY GIRLS GONNA BE LOST TOO FROM WHEN THEIR BROTHER DIES?
  • 00:13:38.010 --> 00:13:41.120
  • HOW ARE WE EVER OVERCOMING THIS?
  • 00:13:41.140 --> 00:13:43.280
  • - WE HAD SIMULTANEOUSLY INSIDE THE HOUSE
  • 00:13:44.000 --> 00:13:47.170
  • REALIZED THAT THERE WAS A BABY IN THE POOL.
  • 00:13:47.190 --> 00:13:51.050
  • ALL RUSHED OUT TO PULL,
  • 00:13:51.070 --> 00:13:55.020
  • WE DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER IT WAS PARKER OR BEN OR JACK,
  • 00:13:55.040 --> 00:13:57.240
  • WE DIDN'T KNOW IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST.
  • 00:13:57.260 --> 00:14:01.100
  • - I WALKED UP TO THE PEDIATRIC ICU
  • 00:14:01.120 --> 00:14:04.220
  • AND KATHY WAS LAYING IN BED
  • 00:14:04.240 --> 00:14:06.080
  • NEXT TO JOSHUA WITH ALL THE TUBES AND EVERYTHING
  • 00:14:06.100 --> 00:14:08.270
  • AND THE DOCTOR WALKED OUT AND MET ME AT THE DOOR
  • 00:14:08.290 --> 00:14:11.120
  • AND I SAID, "HOW'S HE DOING DOCTOR?"
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:12.230
  • AND HE SAID, "THERE'S NO HOPE."
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:16.200
  • - IT WAS A HARD DECISION TO TAKE HIM OFF
  • 00:14:16.220 --> 00:14:19.060
  • ALL THE LIFE SUPPORT 'CAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO LET HIM GO.
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:27.120
  • BUT WE KNEW IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
  • 00:14:27.140 --> 00:14:30.210
  • JUST HIM BEING ABLE TO SAVE OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES.
  • 00:14:30.230 --> 00:14:34.120
  • AND I REMEMBER HANDING HIM OVER TO THE NURSE
  • 00:14:34.140 --> 00:14:39.240
  • 'CAUSE THEY HAD TO TAKE HIM TO SURGERY FOR ORGANS.
  • 00:14:39.260 --> 00:14:45.070
  • - HE WAS ON A VENTILATOR.
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:46.240
  • HE COULD NOT BREATHE ON HIS OWN.
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:48.020
  • HE COULD NOT TAKE A SINGLE BREATH ON HIS OWN.
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:50.100
  • SO ONCE I GOT THERE THEY SAT DOWN AND TOLD US THE RESULTS
  • 00:14:50.120 --> 00:14:52.280
  • OF THE BRAIN SCAN WHICH WERE NOTHING, ZERO.
  • 00:14:53.000 --> 00:14:58.190
  • THERE'S NO BRAIN ACTIVITY AT ALL
  • 00:14:58.210 --> 00:15:01.000
  • AND MY HUSBAND TURNED TO ME AND SAID,
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:02.260
  • "NICOLE, HE IS DEAD, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?"
  • 00:15:02.280 --> 00:15:05.220
  • AND THEN I KNEW THAT THERE WAS--
  • 00:15:05.240 --> 00:15:13.130
  • IF THERE HAD BEEN ANY CHANCE AT ALL,
  • 00:15:13.150 --> 00:15:15.210
  • IF IT COULD HAVE BEEN,
  • 00:15:15.230 --> 00:15:18.050
  • IF WE TAKE BOTH OF YOUR HEARTS OUT OF YOUR BODY
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:20.260
  • AND PUT IT IN HIM THEN HE'LL BE OKAY,
  • 00:15:20.280 --> 00:15:23.110
  • WE'D HAVE BEEN LIKE, DO IT, WE'RE READY.
  • 00:15:23.130 --> 00:15:25.140
  • - WE ALL RUSHED OUT TO THE POOL AND FOUND BEN FLOATING
  • 00:15:25.160 --> 00:15:29.130
  • BECAUSE OF HIS ISR TRAINING.
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:35.200
  • - SO AS ISR INSTRUCTORS, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
  • 00:15:35.220 --> 00:15:38.050
  • IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BREAK DOWN THE TASK
  • 00:15:38.070 --> 00:15:41.200
  • AND MAKE THE CHILD FEEL SUCCESSFUL AT
  • 00:15:41.220 --> 00:15:46.230
  • SO THEY'RE CONSTANTLY BUILDING ON SKILLS
  • 00:15:46.250 --> 00:15:49.050
  • THAT THEY'VE ALREADY SHOWN TO THEMSELVES THEY CAN DO.
  • 00:15:49.070 --> 00:15:52.190
  • AS AN EXAMPLE WITH AN INFANT OR ANY CHILD
  • 00:15:52.210 --> 00:15:55.060
  • THAT MY GOAL IS TO HAVE THEM
  • 00:15:55.080 --> 00:15:57.280
  • BE ABLE TO ROTATE ON TO THEIR BACK
  • 00:15:58.000 --> 00:15:59.160
  • AND FLOAT AND MAINTAIN THAT POSTURE.
  • 00:15:59.180 --> 00:16:02.060
  • THE VERY FIRST THING THEY NEED TO KNOW IS,
  • 00:16:02.080 --> 00:16:03.280
  • I CAN BREATHE ON MY BACK.
  • 00:16:04.000 --> 00:16:06.260
  • SO ONCE A CHILD IS FULLY SKILLED WITH THE ISR SKILLS
  • 00:16:06.280 --> 00:16:10.100
  • THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THEIR AGE GROUP
  • 00:16:10.120 --> 00:16:12.170
  • WE THEN WILL PUT THEM IN SOME SITUATIONS
  • 00:16:12.190 --> 00:16:15.020
  • AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE,
  • 00:16:15.040 --> 00:16:17.160
  • MIMIC WHAT THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY ENCOUNTER IN REAL LIFE.
  • 00:16:17.180 --> 00:16:21.060
  • SO THAT DOES MEAN THAT WE'LL
  • 00:16:21.080 --> 00:16:23.060
  • VERY SAFELY TAKE THEM OFF THE EDGE
  • 00:16:23.080 --> 00:16:26.120
  • AND ALLOW THEM TO EXPERIENCE THE WATER IN CLOTHES,
  • 00:16:26.140 --> 00:16:30.080
  • IN A FULL DIAPER, IN SHOES.
  • 00:16:30.100 --> 00:16:32.100
  • IF YOU LIVE SOMEWHERE WHERE IT GETS REALLY COLD,
  • 00:16:32.120 --> 00:16:34.220
  • KIDS COME IN IN SNOWSUITS IN JULY
  • 00:16:34.240 --> 00:16:37.210
  • BECAUSE THEY'RE GONNA BE IN A SNOWSUIT IN NOVEMBER.
  • 00:16:37.230 --> 00:16:40.100
  • AND WATER IS THERE ALL THE TIME NO MATTER WHAT.
  • 00:16:40.120 --> 00:16:43.260
  • WE DO PROVIDE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN THE WATER
  • 00:16:43.280 --> 00:16:46.180
  • IN AS CLOSELY AS WE CAN SAFELY MIMIC SOME OF THE SITUATIONS
  • 00:16:46.200 --> 00:16:51.200
  • WHERE REAL SURVIVAL SKILLS MIGHT NEED TO BE USED
  • 00:16:51.220 --> 00:16:54.120
  • SO THAT THE FIRST TIME THEY'RE EXPERIENCING THAT
  • 00:16:54.140 --> 00:16:57.070
  • AND HOPEFULLY THEY NEVER EXPERIENCE THAT BY THEMSELVES
  • 00:16:57.090 --> 00:17:00.140
  • BUT THEY'VE ALREADY ADJUSTED THEIR SKILLS
  • 00:17:00.160 --> 00:17:03.150
  • TO THAT KIND OF A SCENARIO.
  • 00:17:03.170 --> 00:17:05.260
  • - THOSE WHO'S LIVES HAVE BEEN IMPACTED
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:09.020
  • BY THE TRAGEDY OF CHILDHOOD DROWNING
  • 00:17:09.040 --> 00:17:11.140
  • ALL HAVE A VERY CONSISTENT MESSAGE TO SHARE.
  • 00:17:11.160 --> 00:17:14.200
  • IT CAN HAPPEN IN AN INSTANT.
  • 00:17:14.220 --> 00:17:17.190
  • IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, ANYWHERE.
  • 00:17:17.210 --> 00:17:21.140
  • BUT AT THE SAME TIME 100% OF DROWNINGS ARE PREVENTABLE.
  • 00:17:21.160 --> 00:17:25.210
  • STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE STEPS
  • 00:17:25.230 --> 00:17:28.140
  • AND SAFEGUARDS THAT CAN MAKE OUR KIDS DRAMATICALLY SAFER.
  • 00:17:28.160 --> 00:17:33.130
  • MAKING SURE THAT POOLS HAVE FOUR WALL FENCES
  • 00:17:33.150 --> 00:17:36.100
  • WITH SELF-LOCKING GATES CAN REDUCE DROWNING RISK BY 83%.
  • 00:17:36.120 --> 00:17:41.070
  • AND FORMAL SWIMMING LESSONS FOR KIDS AGED ONE TO FOUR YEARS
  • 00:17:41.090 --> 00:17:44.220
  • REDUCE THEIR RISK OF DROWNING BY AN ASTONISHING 88%.
  • 00:17:44.240 --> 00:17:49.230
  • NOW IT'S TRUE THAT THESE PRECAUTIONS DO COST MONEY
  • 00:17:49.250 --> 00:17:53.060
  • BUT THAT EXPENSE COULD BE WHAT SAVES THE LIFE OF A CHILD.
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:58.030
  • AND SPREADING AWARENESS IS ABSOLUTELY FREE.
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:18:02.090
  • SO PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
  • 00:18:02.110 --> 00:18:06.090
  • IF WE AS A SOCIETY TRULY RECOGNIZE CHILDHOOD DROWNING
  • 00:18:06.110 --> 00:18:10.240
  • AS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN,
  • 00:18:10.260 --> 00:18:14.060
  • AND ACT ACCORDINGLY, HOW MANY CHILDREN MIGHT WE SAVE?
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:20.180
  • (WOOSH SOUND)
  • 00:18:20.200 --> 00:18:22.050
  • - WE KEPT SEARCHING, HOW DO WE GET SOMETHING GOOD
  • 00:18:22.070 --> 00:18:24.150
  • TO COME FROM THIS EVEN AT THAT MOMENT
  • 00:18:24.170 --> 00:18:26.290
  • TRYING TO GRASP FOR SOMETHING GOOD TO HAPPEN
  • 00:18:27.010 --> 00:18:30.090
  • OUT OF WHAT--
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:33.030
  • IT'S LIKE GETTING HIT UPSIDE THE HEAD BY A TWO BY FOUR
  • 00:18:33.050 --> 00:18:35.170
  • IS WHAT IT'S LIKE.
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:37.120
  • WE KINDA KNEW
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:38.250
  • IF YOU'RE GONNA SIT AROUND THE DINING ROOM TABLE
  • 00:18:38.270 --> 00:18:40.190
  • AND TALK ABOUT WATER SAFETY IT'S NOT VERY PRACTICAL,
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:43.150
  • IT'S PROBABLY GONNA GO RIGHT OVER THEIR HEAD.
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:45.260
  • SO I ALSO KNEW THAT CHILDREN LOVE CHARACTERS,
  • 00:18:45.280 --> 00:18:48.160
  • THEY LOVE PURPLE DINOSAURS,
  • 00:18:48.180 --> 00:18:50.200
  • THEY LOVE ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERS.
  • 00:18:50.220 --> 00:18:53.170
  • SO WE STARTED LOOKING AROUND AND SAID,
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:55.160
  • WHAT CHARACTER WOULD BE APPROPRIATE
  • 00:18:55.180 --> 00:18:57.270
  • THAT WOULD ENGAGE A CHILD
  • 00:18:57.290 --> 00:19:00.090
  • THAT WE COULD INTRODUCE THIS MESSAGE TO?
  • 00:19:00.110 --> 00:19:02.210
  • AND WHEN WE SAW ONLINE, OTTERS HOLDING HANDS,
  • 00:19:02.230 --> 00:19:06.060
  • AND FLOATING, AND YOU GO TO THE CHILDREN'S ZOOS
  • 00:19:06.080 --> 00:19:08.040
  • AND ALL THE CHILDREN'S FACES
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:10.190
  • THEY'RE JUST UP AGAINST THE GLASS
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:12.010
  • AND GIGGLING AND LAUGHING AND WATCHING THE OTTERS PLAY,
  • 00:19:12.030 --> 00:19:14.240
  • IT MADE PERFECT SENSE.
  • 00:19:14.260 --> 00:19:16.140
  • ONCE WE DECIDED TO CREATE THE BOOK IT WAS AMAZING
  • 00:19:16.160 --> 00:19:18.260
  • THAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES IN THERE
  • 00:19:18.280 --> 00:19:21.230
  • AND EVEN THE COVER,
  • 00:19:21.250 --> 00:19:22.290
  • JOSH THE OTTER HAS JOSHUA'S EYES.
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:25.000
  • YOU HEAR SO MANY PEOPLE SAY THE STORY'S FABULOUS
  • 00:19:25.020 --> 00:19:27.060
  • BUT THE PICTURES ARE FABULOUS AS WELL.
  • 00:19:27.080 --> 00:19:30.210
  • AND THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT.
  • 00:19:30.230 --> 00:19:32.230
  • HOW DO WE ENGAGE CHILDREN, NOT SCARE THEM,
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:36.140
  • BUT GET THEM TO START AUTOMATICALLY THINKING
  • 00:19:36.160 --> 00:19:39.160
  • A WAY THAT THEY DO.
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:41.010
  • AND IF THEY GO IN TO A SWIMMING SCHOOL THEY'RE NOT SCARED.
  • 00:19:41.030 --> 00:19:45.110
  • THEY GO IN AND SAY HEY I WANNA BE LIKE JOSH THE OTTER.
  • 00:19:45.130 --> 00:19:47.260
  • AND THEY'RE EXCITED TO GO IN AND LEARN.
  • 00:19:47.280 --> 00:19:51.190
  • THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO BE DRAGGING HOME WITH KIDS.
  • 00:19:51.210 --> 00:19:55.000
  • IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF HOW MANY KIDS WE CAN REACH WITH IT.
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:57.250
  • HOW DO WE START THE CONVERSATION?
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:20:00.050
  • DROWNING PREVENTION IS SUCH A MAJOR,
  • 00:20:00.070 --> 00:20:02.100
  • IT'S SUCH A VAST, DIVERSE PROBLEM.
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:05.160
  • AND THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF IT
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:08.020
  • THAT WE AS SOCIETY NEED TO DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:20:08.040 --> 00:20:11.070
  • WHETHER IT'S LEARNING TO SWIM OR FENCING OR ALARMS,
  • 00:20:11.090 --> 00:20:14.130
  • ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO.
  • 00:20:14.150 --> 00:20:15.250
  • BUT WE NEED TO START THE CONVERSATION.
  • 00:20:15.270 --> 00:20:17.180
  • - PARENTING IS HARD, IT IS.
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:19.260
  • AND THERE ARE SO MANY CHALLENGES
  • 00:20:19.280 --> 00:20:21.240
  • BUT WHEN WE LOOK BACK ON OUR CHILDREN'S LIVES
  • 00:20:21.260 --> 00:20:26.040
  • ON THEIR CHILDHOOD,
  • 00:20:26.060 --> 00:20:27.150
  • ESPECIALLY FOR ME HAVING HIS TAKEN AWAY SO SOON,
  • 00:20:27.170 --> 00:20:32.240
  • I SEE SO MANY MOMENTS, THESE MOMENTS OF US LAUGHING
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:39.220
  • AND PLAYING WITH WATER BALLOONS IN THE FRONT YARD.
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:41.170
  • OR OF US GOING TO THE PARK,
  • 00:20:41.190 --> 00:20:43.250
  • AND ME PUSHING HIM IN THE SWING
  • 00:20:43.270 --> 00:20:46.040
  • AND PRETENDING LIKE HE WAS KNOCKING ME OVER,
  • 00:20:46.060 --> 00:20:47.180
  • AND FALLING DOWN.
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:48.260
  • OR THIS FINAL MOMENT OF ME RUFFLING HIS HAIR
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:51.040
  • AND GETTING HIM A BROWNIE
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:52.090
  • AND THIS IS REALLY WHAT CHILDHOOD IS.
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:55.120
  • THE MEANINGFUL, POSITIVE, HAPPY, MEMORABLE CHILDHOOD.
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:21:00.110
  • IT'S THAT.
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:01.180
  • IT IS THE MOMENTS WE ARE TELLING OUR KIDS,
  • 00:21:01.200 --> 00:21:04.200
  • WE LOVE YOU, THIS RELATIONSHIP MATTERS TO ME
  • 00:21:04.220 --> 00:21:09.100
  • AND HOLDING ON TO THOSE MOMENTS
  • 00:21:09.120 --> 00:21:11.260
  • AND REALLY TREASURING THE MOMENTS.
  • 00:21:11.280 --> 00:21:15.260
  • - WE'RE EXTREMELY HAPPY TO BE A FAMILY
  • 00:21:15.280 --> 00:21:19.050
  • AND IT'S SAD THAT WE LOST ONE OF OUR TWO PRECIOUS BOYS.
  • 00:21:19.070 --> 00:21:25.030
  • I TELL THE STORY THAT I'M NOT SURE JOSHUA WASN'T LIKE
  • 00:21:25.050 --> 00:21:30.220
  • CLARENCE IN IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
  • 00:21:30.240 --> 00:21:33.190
  • I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SITTING UP THERE
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:36.010
  • LOOKING DOWN AND SAYING WE'VE GOT A REAL PROBLEM HERE
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:40.090
  • ON EARTH LOSING TOO MANY CHILDREN SO I'M
  • 00:21:40.110 --> 00:21:44.080
  • I'M GONNA MAKE A COUPLE FALL IN LOVE WITH ME
  • 00:21:44.100 --> 00:21:47.210
  • AND THEN I'LL LEAVE AND THEN WE'LL SEE
  • 00:21:47.230 --> 00:21:52.290
  • IF WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM.
  • 00:21:53.010 --> 00:21:56.290
  • I THINK EVERYBODY HAS A DESTINY IN LIFE
  • 00:21:57.010 --> 00:21:58.210
  • OR THEY'VE BEEN CHOSEN CERTAIN THINGS
  • 00:21:58.230 --> 00:22:00.030
  • THAT THEY ARE GONNA DO AND THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW
  • 00:22:00.050 --> 00:22:03.290
  • WHAT IT IS YET.
  • 00:22:04.010 --> 00:22:05.210
  • I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME,
  • 00:22:05.230 --> 00:22:08.010
  • I WASN'T AS NICE A PERSON BEFORE I LOST JOSHUA
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:12.030
  • HE BROUGHT OUT THE ABSOLUTE BEST IN ME.
  • 00:22:12.050 --> 00:22:18.100
  • HE JUST MADE ME A BETTER PERSON
  • 00:22:18.120 --> 00:22:20.050
  • BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM.
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  • AND I WAS SO AFRAID AFTER WE LOST HIM
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  • THAT I WOULD WAKE UP ONE MORNING AND NOT THINK ABOUT HIM.
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  • I DIDN'T WANT TO FORGET ABOUT HIM
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  • AND SO WE GET TO THINK ABOUT THE GIGGLES
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  • AND THE SMILES AND THE LAUGHS.
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  • OUR MEMORY LINE IS STUCK THERE
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  • BUT WE THINK ABOUT HIM EVERY DAY.
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  • AND IT'S BECAUSE OF THE WORK THAT WE DO.
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  • - MOVING FORWARD I DON'T KNOW,
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  • I CAN'T PREDICT THIS LIFETIME WITHOUT MY SON.
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  • THIS IS NOT TEMPORARY, IT IS PERMANENT.
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  • AND DEFINITELY I STRUGGLE WITH THAT
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  • BUT I KNOW THAT JUST LIKE IN THAT VERY FIRST MOMENT
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  • WHEN I PULLED HIM OUT OF THE WATER,
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  • WE HAVE NEVER BEEN ALONE AND IF YOU CHOOSE IT IS A CHOICE
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  • AND IF WE CHOOSE TO SEE THE GOODNESS AND THE LIGHT
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  • THAT IS STILL HERE IN THIS DARKNESS THEN WE WILL FIND IT.
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  • IF WE CHOOSE TO TURN THE LIGHT ON THERE WILL BE LIGHT.
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  • - MY FIRST STUDENT WHO SAVED HERSELF WAS NAMED KELSEY.
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  • THE KIDS WERE PLAYING AND THE DOG WAS PLAYING
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  • WHERE THE KIDS WERE PLAYING AND THE DOG HAD KNOCKED HER
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  • INTO A NEIGHBOR'S POOL.
  • 00:23:33.070 --> 00:23:34.130
  • THEY DIDN'T HAVE A POOL BUT THEIR NEIGHBOR'S DID
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  • AND THEIR NEIGHBOR'S DIDN'T HAVE KIDS
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  • SO THE NEIGHBOR'S DIDN'T HAVE A FENCE.
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  • AND YOU THINK WHAT IF KELSEY COULDN'T GET OUT?
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  • IT WAS THAT FAST.
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  • AND SHE'S FINE BUT THAT'S WHY WE DO IT.
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  • FOR ME I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER KELSEY.
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  • - I WOULD SAY THAT YOU CAN NOT HAVE ENOUGH
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  • LAYERS OF PROTECTION
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  • WHEN IT COMES TO WATER SAFETY AND CHILDREN.
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  • IF YOU THINK YOU'RE PREPARED, YOU'RE NOT PREPARED ENOUGH.
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  • NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO.
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  • YOU NEED TO, OF COURSE, ALWAYS KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR CHILDREN.
  • 00:24:09.050 --> 00:24:12.290
  • BUT IF YOU CAN PROVIDE THEM WITH A POOL FENCE, DO IT.
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  • IF YOU CAN PROVIDE THEM WITH LIFE SAVING TRAINING, DO IT.
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  • DO WHATEVER IT TAKES
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  • BECAUSE IT CAN HAPPEN ANY TIME, TO ANY ONE.
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  • AND IT HAPPENS SO QUICK
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  • THAT YOU CAN TAKE YOUR EYE OFF YOUR CHILD
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  • FOR MINUTES AND LOSE THEM.
  • 00:24:36.000 --> 00:24:39.070
  • - I JUST KNOW THAT I'M BEING A MOTHER THAT LOST A CHILD
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  • FROM A DROWNING THAT THERE'S A LOT OF STIGMATISM
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  • THAT COMES WITH HAVING LOST A CHILD FROM AN ACCIDENT.
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  • DROWNING IS 100% PREVENTABLE AND IF WE CAN CREATE
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  • THE EDUCATION AND THE AWARENESS OUT THERE
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  • WE WILL CONTINUE TO SAVE LIVES IN MANY COUNTRIES,
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  • MANY STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
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  • THAT'S OUR GOAL IS TO STOP DROWNING FROM HAPPENING
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  • TO ANOTHER FAMILY.
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  • - OUR PRESIDENT, JOANNE BARNETT,
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  • ASKED THE QUESTION ALL THE TIME TO PARENTS,
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  • IF YOUR CHILD FOUND THEIR WAY TO WATER BY THEMSELVES
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  • HOW WOULD YOU FIND THEM FIVE MINUTES LATER?
  • 00:25:24.180 --> 00:25:28.070
  • AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES
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  • AS PARENTS EVERY DAY IS,
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  • DOES MY CHILD HAVE ENOUGH SKILL TO GET TO AIR,
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  • TO GET TO THE SIDE?
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:39.010
  • AND IF THEY DON'T,
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  • THEN LOOK FOR A WAY FOR THEM TO LEARN THAT.
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  • - [VOICEOVER] AS A PARENT YOU DO YOUR BEST
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  • TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE.
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  • DROWNING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
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  • FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FOUR
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  • AND THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
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  • FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN FOUR AND FOURTEEN.
  • 00:25:53.080 --> 00:25:55.150
  • NEARLY 70% OF CHILD DROWNINGS OCCUR
  • 00:25:55.170 --> 00:25:58.000
  • WHEN THE PARENT DOESN'T THINK THE CHILD
  • 00:25:58.020 --> 00:25:59.160
  • IS ANYWHERE NEAR THE WATER.
  • 00:25:59.180 --> 00:26:01.100
  • IT CAN HAPPEN IN AN INSTANT WITHOUT A SOUND.
  • 00:26:01.120 --> 00:26:04.070
  • THE GOOD NEWS IS CHILD DROWNINGS ARE PREVENTABLE.
  • 00:26:04.090 --> 00:26:06.240
  • STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT MAKING SURE POOLS
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  • HAVE FOUR WALL FENCES WITH A LOCKING GATE
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  • CAN DECREASE THE RISK OF CHILD DROWNING BY 83%
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  • AND FORMAL SWIMMING LESSONS FOR TODDLERS
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  • CAN GREATLY REDUCE THE RISK OF DROWNING.
  • 00:26:16.080 --> 00:26:18.090
  • SAFETY AWARENESS NEEDS TO BE A PART OF
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  • OUR EVERY DAY CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR CHILDREN
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  • TO KEEP THEM SECURE AND SAFE.
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  • THE AMERICAN RED CROSS WATER SAFETY AND SWIM CLASSES
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  • ARE AVAILABLE FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN,
  • 00:26:27.200 --> 00:26:29.060
  • TEENS AND ADULTS AT AQUATIC FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
  • 00:26:29.080 --> 00:26:32.170
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION AND WATER SAFETY RESOURCES
  • 00:26:32.190 --> 00:26:34.230
  • VISIT REDCROSS.ORG/WATERSAFETY.
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
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