Parkland City Commission Proclaims May 2023 As Water Safety Month
Aden’s Mum (right) with the city commission {City of Parkland}

By Bryan Boggiano

The Parkland City Commission declared May 2023 as Water Safety Month at their May 17 meeting to bring attention to water safety and drowning prevention.

According to the proclamation, drowning is the third-leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide, while 4,000 people nationally die from drowning yearly.

Sarah Perry, the mother of Aden Perry and founder of the Aden Perry Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund, accepted the proclamation. The fund provides life safety rings along waterways to rescue people from drowning.

Aden, 17, and his mother were walking their dog in their Sunrise neighborhood when Parkland resident Venkata Sai Krishnamurthy, 18, accidentally drove his car into a canal.

Her son jumped into the canal to save Krishnamurthy, but both ended up losing their lives. Since then, both families created scholarship funds to memorialize the young men.

Recently, Sarah, who goes by “Aden’s Mum,” and the Aden Perry Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund partnered with the City of Coral Springs, and they installed 18 life safety rings, each with an image memorializing Aden.

The scholarship fund recently partnered with the city and the manufacturer Datrex, Inc, and donated eight life safety rings to Terramar Park, Covered Bridge Park, and Pine Trails Park.

So far, the foundation provided more than 100 life safety rings throughout the state. Aden’s Mum hopes to provide them along every possible waterway and to partner with HOAs to provide them in Parkland neighborhoods.

“It has become my mission, my passion, and I truly feel my duty to make a difference in my son’s name, to continue his acts of kindness, and to ensure the next time something like this happens, there’s something there that can be used to prevent a good samaritan having to lose their life while trying to save the life of another,” she said.

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Bryan Boggiano
Bryan Boggiano
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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