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Drowning Inspires Life-Jacket Program

The drowning death of a three-year-old boy at Possum Kingdom over the summer is now inspiring that family to try to keep that same tragedy from happening to someone else.
It's a call Tracey Terasas says she'll never forgive herself for not making.

“I thought oh my gosh, I need to remind him that we have those life-jackets, and I didn't call back and the next call I got was that Wyatt had drowned,” she said.

On July 7th three year-old Wyatt Terasas and his family spent the day at Possum Kingdom Lake.

There, Wyatt walked out into the water where it was just too deep and later drowned.

“The day that happened, when I got to the hospital, that was one of the first things my son said to me just crying saying we can't let this happen to another family. I don't want another family to ever lose another child,” she said.

It was that cry of desperation which led Wyatt's family to Ronda Gibson, a PK resident, who heard of the tragedy and wanted to help.

“You know we are all parents and we just want to keep kids safe and it just touches our heart,” Gibson said. 

So they teamed up to create the "Jackets Float Kids Don't" program, with a mission to make sure kids on Texas beaches are suited with life-jackets, and down the road they hope to inspire lawmakers in Austin to act as well.

“Just like a child in a boat if a child is under a certain age and they are within a certain distance from a Texas lake they need to put a jacket on,” Gibson said.

They say not only do they want to provide life-jackets to folks, but also create awareness. And they would eventually like to offer swim lessons to kids and adults.

For more information or if you want to donate call Ronda Gibson at 940-328-3007.
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