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Posted 5/19/2014

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By Carol E. Davis
USACE Pittsburgh District

Members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District donned their lifejackets and took to the city streets to raise awareness not only for Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day, May 16, but as a kickoff to National Safe Boating Week, May 17 – 23.

Seventeen district employees were joined, in Pittsburgh’s Market Square, by seven government, local, and state agencies in support of the day. Bobber, the water safety dog, posed for pictures with people in the square while the group handed out safe boating material.  A spokesperson from the major’s office presented a declaration to the Coast Guard commander marking the week.

Col. Bernard Lindstrom, district commander, emphasized the importance of always wearing a lifejacket while in and near the water.  He said choose one as part of your summer wardrobe.

“Look at the wonderful, technological and amazing piece of equipment that we have,” he said while pointing at Bobber’s lifejacket.  “Not only that, but it’s a great addition to your summer wear. While you’re out there selecting a bathing suit, selecting your beach wear, use your personal flotation device to save lives.”

“Wear it and Love the Life,” the 2014 theme for the National Safe Boating Week campaign resound throughout the event.

Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, River Rescue, Port of Pittsburgh Commission, City of Pittsburgh EMS, Venture Outdoors, and Waterways Association of Pittsburgh all attended the event.

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