Published on February 15, 2023
Coral Springs, FL – The City of Coral Springs announced today its partnership with the Aden Perry Good Samaritan and Scholarship Fund, which will provide more than 70 rescue rings to be installed near bodies of water in city parks, both as a safety enhancement and to honor the memory of a heroic teen, Aden Perry.
The rescue rings will be installed throughout the spring with a kick-off ceremony that will be held at Cypress Park (1301 Coral Springs Drive) on Saturday, February 25 at 9 a.m. Sarah Parry, or “Aden’s Mum” as she likes to be called, along Coral Springs city officials will be present at the ceremony.
Following her son’s passing, Aden’s mum has devoted her life to ensuring that lifesaving Rescue Rings are now available near bodies of water.
“If I had to find good in this tragedy, it would be that he’s a hero,” Aden’s mum said. “He had so much passion for life and now I’m living his legacy.”
Perry was a 17-year-old high school student who tragically lost his life while trying to save another teen who had just accidentally driven his car into a lake. He heroically dove into the water where the car had careened to provide aid to the driver, but sadly, both young men died.
Coast Guard-regulated rescue rings will be installed near bodies of water within the city’s parks. The rings will be attached to a rope and are meant to allow anyone in the public to assist during a potential water emergency, without needing to enter the water themselves.
Coral Springs City Manager, Frank Babinec, a strong advocate for public safety says, “I believe the rescue rings help to improve safety in our city’s parks. Just like with our plans to install AEDs and Stop the Bleed equipment at our major parks, if the rescue rings help just one person, then it is worth doing.” Of ‘Aden’s mum’ he added, “It’s inspiring to see her turn pain into purpose through this initiative.”
To honor Aden’s memory, most rescue rings will feature a photo of Aden and a “Hero Message” that says: “A hero is a person of distinguished courage and ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities in spite overwhelming obstacles.”
In addition, Perry’s heroic actions have resonated nationally. He was recently the recipient of the Carnegie Hero Fund Medal, North America’s highest honor for civilian heroism.
“I feel it is my duty to carry on his memory, and something so simple as placing rescue rings near water is my way of keeping his legacy alive,” Aden’s mum said. “I really feel that one day we are going to save a life.”
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