Edina, MN (October 29, 2013)- Katey Taylor, mother of Abbey Taylor, the Minnesota girl who died in 2008 as a result of a faulty pool drain, was recognized with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Distinguished Service Award for her continued work with Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey and Scott Taylor founded Abbey's Hope following Abbey's tragic death as a way to raise pool and water safety awareness.

Katey was one of 27 residents honored for their heroic acts on Thursday evening. Her work with Abbey's Hope was recognized for it's role in educating parents about how to prevent drowning and entrapment (Drowning is one of the chief causes of death in children). The Foundation also helped forge new regulations for pools and spas, including both the Abigail Taylor Pool & Spa Act and the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

"Scott and I are very honored to receive this recognition from the Hennepin County Sheriff," said Katey. "But as we have both said so often, recognition is not the motivation for what we do. Instead it it knowing that what our Foundation does saves lives."

 

About Abbey's Hope

The Foundation’s goal is to:

  • Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
  • Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
  • Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning. 

 

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at http://abbeyshope.org.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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