Sheriff and Scout work to prevent drownings

Sheriff and Scout work to prevent drownings

ROSEBURG, Ore. - For his Eagle Scout project, Kendrick Wallace wants to collect flotation jackets and refurbish park kiosks where families can borrow a personal flotation device for kids for the day for free.

The project is partially personal: the Roseburg High School freshman's brother Drake drowned in 2011.

But the message is of public importance: A record 6 people drowned in Douglas County in 2012.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office hopes to have zero this year.

Deputies are reminding folks about life jacket kiosks that are located at five Douglas County parks: Amacher Park, Cooper Creek, Galesville Reservoir, Ben Irving Reservoir and Loon Lake.

The personal flotation devices are available for anyone to borrow and return at the end of the day.

Kendrick wants to collect more jackets and refursbish 2 of the more dilapidated kiosks.