City of Parkland Enhances Water Safety in Parks with Life-Saving Rings, Honoring Heroic Teen's Legacy
Water Safety Rescue Ring at Terramar Park {Courtesy Commissioner Bob Mayersohn}

By Bryan Boggiano

Parks with lakes and canals are safer thanks to the installation of eight water safety life rings.

The City of Parkland installed the water safety rescue rings on May 10 throughout the city, including Pine Trails, Terramar, and the Covered Bridge Parks.

The water safety rescue rings are a product of the Aden Perry Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund, which teamed up with the city to install them.

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Aden Perry, 17, lost his life trying to rescue Parkland resident Venkata Sai Krishnamurthy, 18, after he accidentally crashed his car into a canal in Sunrise.

At the time of the crash, Aden was walking with his mom and dog in their neighborhood. When he saw the car crash, he jumped in the water to help.

Sadly, Aden and Krishnamurthy lost their lives, and Aden’s mother, Sarah Perry, who goes by “Aden’s mum,” started the foundation in his honor to reduce drowning fatalities. In each of their honors, their families established individual scholarship programs.

According to Karla Shores, communication manager, “Safety awareness and education for our residents are among the city’s top priorities. The life rings provide added water safety awareness measures and accessibility for the public.”

Parkland’s water safety rescue ring installations follow a partnership between the scholarship foundation and the City of Coral Springs announced in February to install water safety rescue rings throughout the city.

Later that month, they installed 18 rings throughout Cypress Park along the edges of the park’s canals.

Just like the rings in Coral Springs, the ones in Parkland include an image of Aden to mark his memory.

Commissioner Bob Mayersohn also reflected on the rings, saying they add another layer of protection to the city.

“As a swimmer who had attained my Senior Lifesaving Certification, we were always taught ‘reach, throw, row and go,'” he said. “These lifesaving rings can now assist with any rescue attempts.”

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Bryan Boggiano
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A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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