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Annual Family Safety Day

The SunSentinel put a spotlight on the City of Lauderhill's new program, Learn to Swim with a Cop & Firefighter, which will be featured at our Annual Family Safety Day on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Kids Swimming

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From the SunSentinel website:

So far this year, 19 children, most younger than 3, have drowned in Florida, the Department of Children & Families reports.

The deaths frequently happened when a child left a house and the absence was not noticed by an adult.

In Lauderhill in 2016, Emmanuel Shaw, 3, drowned while in the care of great-grandparents.

Police Chief Constance Stanley doesn't want that to happen again.

A city program, "Swim with a Cop & Firefighter" kicks off Saturday at John E. Mullin Park as part of Family Safety Day events.

Kids can play in the pool with officers and firefighters, watch a water rescue demonstration, meet swim instructors and register for lessons.

Two-week-long sessions of 8 swim classes each will be held between April and September in pools at John E. Mullin Park and Veterans Park.

Sessions are $40 for residents, $80 for out-of-towners, said Candice Healy, aquatic facilities superintendent at John E. Mullin Park.

Here's the best part: Kids who enroll in swim lessons can get two additional weeks of instruction, for free.

John E. Mullin Park is at 2000 NW 55th Ave. Saturday's event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. There will also be vendors with information about pool safety and other topics, Healy said. 

There are rumors about a dunk tank for police officers, too.

If you go, you may be eligible to win a flat screen TV, boom box or other prizes in a raffle. For more information, call 954-486-8450.