Sheridan father raising awareness about pool safety one year after son's death

Sheridan father raises drowning awareness

SHERIDAN, Ark. (KTHV) - A Sheridan father is raising awareness about pool safety almost one year later after his two-year-old son drowned in a pool.

Two-year-old Bentley Love and his cousin got away and ran to a nearby neighbors' pool last year, but tragically drowned when they got in.

Now, Bentley's father Brandon Love wants to raise awareness so this does not happen to another family again.

"We're trying to get nobody drowning. That's our goal," Love said. "What we're trying to do is put on a thing to raise awareness for other people who don't really know that it's a problem."

According to Love, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages one to four.

"So, it happens more often than people really understand," Love said. "There are simple, simple steps you can take to help save a kids live. Stuff that I would never even thought of."

Love said his biggest tip is to install a fence around your pool rather than around your yard, making it harder for children to get in. He also said to remove any ladders from the pool when not in use so people can not crawl in from the outside.

"Just simple stuff like that. And its woken me to a lot of other things like being extra careful with my oldest son and my girlfriends son," he said.

Love put together a charity event for Saturday where Arkansans can learn CPR and become aware of potential dangers near water.

"You never know, you can learn something that can save your kids life or if you're watching another kid you can save their life," he said.

Love hopes the charity event will not only raise awareness about drowning, but also wants to remember his son and nephew.

"Instead of sitting back and sulking the rest of my life that I lost my son to this, I can get up and do something about it and maybe help some other parents not lose their child and prevent that from happening," Love said.

The charity event is Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Sheridan Rec Center. The family is giving out free information about drowning awareness and are going to host a CPR class.

Love said everybody is welcome and wants every parent to learn basic safety around the water.

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