SNAPSHOTS: Lifejackets now provided at Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lisa Dugan and Gene Groebner from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources demonstrate how to properly fit a child’s lifejacket on July 30, after a locker full of child-sized life jackets was unveiled at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Lifejackets will be available for use free of charge to anyone at the park, and instructions at the locker, which is at the parks concession stand next to the swim pond, describe how best to fit a lifejacket on a child, which is key to its effectiveness. Using lifejackets, along with following simple rules of adults keeping a constant eye on children when they are around water, as well as learning to swim are all key to water safety, Starry said in a July 31 statement. 

On July 25, the Lake Elmo Rotary Club presented a $1,500 check to SafeKids Greater East Metro/St. Croix Valley to help fund a new life jacket loaner station at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. At the handoff are Sheriff Dan Starry, Lynn Carpentier, representing the local SafeKids organization, and Shonette Doggett, injury prevention coordinator at Regions Hospital and Gillette Children’s Hospital, along with Pam Baker, president of the Lake Elmo Rotary. In addition to Lake Elmo Rotary, Vali-Hi Drive-In also donated funds to support the program. The life jackets were debuted July 30 with Starry, Washington County Parks Director Sandy Breuer, Doggett and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Safety Outreach Coordinator Lisa Dugan.

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