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River Safety Monument Planned for Glenn Otto Park - 06/19/19

Unveiling of Sculpture Design

(Portland, Oregon) — The Kiwanis Club of the Columbia River Gorge is spearheading an effort to erect a monument to honor American Medical Response (AMR)’s River Safety Program. Community members and media are invited to attend the unveiling of the sculpture design this Friday, June 21st at 4pm at Glenn Otto Park.

AMR’s River Safety Team has patrolled Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale during the summer months for 20 years, with this year’s Memorial Day launch marking the 21st year, providing water safety information, identifying and alerting swimmers and park visitors to potential hazards, and rescuing swimmers in distress. The program expanded in 2002 to include High Rocks Park in Gladstone Oregon. Before AMR’s River Safety Program began in 1999, an average of two to four lives were lost each year at these parks.  Since its inception, AMR’s Swiftwater Rescue Technicians have recorded over 100 rescues and well over 1,000 assists.  Based on historical data, nearly 70 people would have drowned at those sites without AMR’s intervention.

Inspired by the efforts of the Troutdale Booster Club to provide the catalyst and initial funding of the River Safety Program, the Kiwanis Club of the Columbia River Gorge will host the unveiling event and present a miniature scale model of the planned bronze sculpture, commissioned by Chad Caswell. The design is of a male and female lifeguard watching over the river and will celebrate the people who dedicate their time and resources to make Glenn Otto Park a safer place. Located at the entrance of the park, the monument will also serve as a reminder of the dangers of the river.

Event: Unveiling of River Rescue Monument Design

Date:   Friday June 21, 2019 at 4pm

Location:   Glenn Otto Park, Troutdale, Oregon - 1106 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060

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About American Medical Response

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, www.access2care.net. AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMRSocial on Twitter and Instagram.