AM 580 WDBO: Orange Co. leaders team up to fight youth drowning (5-17-11)

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Orange County leaders are helping to fight drowning among Orlando’s youth.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Orange County Health Department are teaming up to help fight this growing problem.

“We are trying to bring some focus to the fact that last year in 2010 there were over twelve children that died right here in Orange County as a result of drowning and that preventable,” Sheriff Jerry Demings said. “We would like to stop that.”

The Health Department is partnering with Safe Kids at the Children’s Safety Village. Together, they are offering free swimming lessons over the summer.

“The risk of children drowning in Florida is the highest in the United States,” Kevin Sherin, director of the Orange County Health Department said.”It takes everybody to make a difference.”