Free lifejackets available for children

With boating season upon us and the Independence Day holiday weekend approaching, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman will join with representatives from the New York State Police Chiefs Association to distribute over 200 free lifejackets to children, aged infant through 12. This lifejacket giveaway will take place at John Burns Park in Massapequa on Saturday, June 25th from 9am – 11am.

“In addition to being the law of the land for all children under 12 years of age in New York State, the decision to wear a lifejacket is one that can save a life,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Even the strongest of swimmers can be compromised or unable to find a life vest during a dangerous situation, which is why this event is so critical. I strongly urge parents to bring their children to Burns Park on June 25th to be fit for a free lifejacket and thank the New York State Police Chiefs Association, as well as their sponsors, for making this event possible.”

“As parents, we strive to do everything possible to protect our kids. The simple act of putting a life jacket on before heading out on the water does just that. It can save your life and help you assist others who may be in danger,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said. “I thank the New York State Police Chiefs Association for partnering with Supervisor Saladino and I to make this lifesaving initiative a reality.”

Lifejackets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children MUST be present to ensure proper sizing of lifejackets. Parents will receive a Safe Boating Guide and information on laws that require all children under 12 years of age wear a certified life jacket while on board any vessel less than 65 feet in length, including canoes, kayaks and rowboats.

The free lifejackets being distributed at this event are made possible thanks to the New York State Police Chiefs Association and charitable funds they derive from South Shore Marine Supply, Guardian Bus, Chapey & Sons Funeral Home, EXIT Realty Dreams, Jersey Mike’s Subs and local author Gary Slavin.

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