Randall Cunningham's Son Dies in Tragic Accident

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By Doug Farrar

Terrible news for former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham and his family -- Cunningham's two-year-old son Christian drowned Tuesday afternoon in a hot tub in the back yard of Cunningham's Nevada home. Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Dennis Flynn has been quoted as saying that it was an accident. According to initial reports, Cunningham was not at home Tuesday afternoon when the child was found, and that an unnamed woman tried to resuscitate the child after finding him at about 4:30 p.m. She called 911 at 4:45, and the child was taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus, where he passed away.

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Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

This was sent to us by a water safety expert. This is one of the few articles I have ever seen that actually mentions the instinctive drowning response.

by Mario on May 19, 2010

The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you're drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We're fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We're fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

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CPSC Announces State Grants on Pool and Spa Safety Now Available

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act's (P&SSAct) State Grant program is now accepting applications for funding from eligible states. The P&SSAct intends to enhance the safety of pools and spas by reducing child drownings and suction entrapment incidents and educating the public on the importance of safety devices and constant supervision of children in and around water. CPSC is the lead agency in implementing and enforcing the Act, which was signed into law in December 2007.

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Spring Into Safety Pool Party

Katey Taylor appeared on KARE 11 on Saturday morning and did a wonderful job discussing the pool event and all of the event sponsors of the safety stations. June 11th will be a lot of fun and very educational for both kids and parents. A huge thank you to our supporting sponsors University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, Foss Swim School, Walser Foundation, BIG INK graphics and Jessen Press for make this a reality. Thank you to KARE11 for once again supporting Abbey's Hope and for helping us get the word out to the community.

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Parents of Kids Killed in Pool Drain Accidents Outraged By Federal Rethink of Safety Law

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Apr. 17, 2010 —

The decision by a federal agency to reinterpret a law meant to prevent deaths due to pool-drain accidents has outraged pool safety advocates and the parents of children killed by pool-drain suction.

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CPSC Vote Stirs Controversy

Recent decisions by the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding the VGB Act have garnered some very public disagreement.

In February, CPSC’s five commissioners voted on the definition of unblockable drains. The agency also outlined the minimum legislative requirements to be imposed on states trying to receive the grant money allotted for the law.

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Proposed Legislation to Modify the Abigail Taylor Pool Safety Act

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Last week a new piece of legislation was proposed by Representative Larry Howes (R) District: 04B which we believe underminds the integrity and effectiveness of the Abigail Taylor Pool Safety Act. We are working with the CPSC, the MDH and representatives from both the House and the Senate to discuss and understand the ramifications. You can see the changes he is proposing. Stay tuned. H.F. No. 2784, as introduced - 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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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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