Water Safety Hero of the Week: Joseph Breeden

Water Safety Hero of the Week: Joseph Breeden

On August 31 in Glendale Arizona, 10-year-old Joseph Breeden was swimming in the pool at his apartment complex when he noticed a little boy floating face down. Wasting no time, he quickly grabbed him from the water and found help. The 3-year-old was apparently being watched but had removed his floaties. The following Tuesday, the Glendale Police Department held a ceremony at Challenger Middle School where Joseph was cheered on by his classmates. The police department and the school both gave Joseph certificates for saving the child’s life and a jersey of his favorite football player, Larry Fitzgerald. Joseph said in his interview that he had, “never seen anyone floating like that.” This brings up a great point — understanding what a drowning victim looks like. Most are very quiet, which is why it’s called the “silent killer“. Here are “8 Quiet Signs of Someone Drowning” from Reader’s Digest. Take a minute to educate yourself. Joseph is our Water Safety Hero of the Week! (Photo: Glendale Police...
Water Safety Hero of the Week: Josh Shaw

Water Safety Hero of the Week: Josh Shaw

Update: It looks like Josh Shaw didn’t tell the truth. And, thus, won’t be our Water Safety Hero of the Week. The only good that comes of this is the mass awareness that this high profiled story has provided the country. I listened to several sports radio stations discussing near drownings and personal water safety stories. Awareness is the first step in water safety. We just need to follow up with some education! Josh Shaw knows something about being tough. He’s a starting cornerback at the University of Southern California. A team captain, to boot. This is evident when he jumped off a 2nd story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. After hitting the concrete, he crawled into the pool and brought his nephew to safety. Luckily, Shaw didn’t break anything — just two, severe high ankle sprains. Shaw’s heroics have garnered him our first ever “Water Safety Hero of the Week”, a weekly blog post commending epic deeds in the name of water safety. Kudos to Josh Shaw, an outstanding young man that kept his eyes out for danger and acted shamelessly to save the life of...