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Water Safety Advocate Joseph M. Vassallo, CBP Recognized By National Drowning Prevention Alliance
President of Paragon Pools in Las Vegas Presented with the 2014 NDPA Community Lifesaver Award
Vassallo was honored specifically for his signature, Float Like A Duck program, a major public awareness campaign that educates the public on the importance of safety while celebrating the joys of water sports. The annual event held in collaboration with the YMCA, area first responders, the City of Las Vegas, news affiliates ABC KTNV TV-13 and KVVU FOX-5, and other business partners celebrated its 11th year in 2014.
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Vassallo continues his mission to teach homeowners and families in Southern Nevada and across our nation on how to have positive water activity experiences. Utilizing a kid-friendly, sidekick named Duckie, Vassallo is able to catch the attention of children and their parents, allowing him the opportunity to provide vital information about the importance of practicing safety measures, around all bodies of water.
His program has become so popular that he and Duckie receive requests from concerned water safety advocates from as far away as Alaska for information and advice on sharing the Float Like A Duck messaging. Joe and Duckie have created topic specific PSA videos to address their community issues. Those videos can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/
The NDPA Community Lifesaver Award honors exceptional work in the field of drowning prevention at the community level. The NDPA recognizes, addresses, and supports drowning prevention efforts for persons of all ages and drowning risks in all types of bodies of water. http://www.ndpa.org
According to the NDPA records, Vassallo is the first Nevadan and the first pool builder in the nation to be singled out for the award.
The 2014 NDPA awards included:
NDPA Community Lifesaver Award:
§ Arizona Drowning Prevention Coalition
§ Vicki Cech
§ Joseph Vassallo (President, Paragon Pools) Float like a Duck program
§ Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force
§ Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance
§ Lone Star Lifesavers, and the
§ Florida Department of Health Waterproof Florida campaign
NDPA Media Award: “I Remember” PSA Mesa Fire Department
NDPA Technology Award: iSwimband – Aquatic Safety Concepts
NDPA Ripple Award: Gerald Dworkin, Lifesaving Resources
USA Swimming Foundation “Make a Splash” HERO award: Captain Tim Woodward of Littleton, CO
NDPA 2014 Lighthouse Award: The World’s Largest Swim Lesson
Student Scholarship Recipients: Forrest Bleinberger, Arielle Newman, Alexandra Nieri, Ryan Muraco, Vincent Riddle
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Mary Vail, MBA Publicist