March 30, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Robert Ogoreuc receives Community Lifesaver Award
Robert Ogoreuc, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of physical education, has received a Community Lifesaver Award from the National Drowning Prevention Community Alliance.
Ogoreuc was honored for helping to develop the New Jersey State Police Water Rescue for First Responder Program, which provides beach rescue training. The Community Lifesaver Award honors exceptional work in the field of drowning prevention.
New Jersey State Police developed the training program in 2006 after first responders performed dangerous beach rescues without proper training and equipment. In 2011, the program added 16 hours of training on the use of a personal watercraft for water rescues. Ogoreuc co-created the watercraft curriculum.
Since its inception, the program has trained more than 1,800 police, fire, emergency medical services personnel and lifeguards.
Ogoreuc, an SRU graduate, joined SRU in 1996. He was the driving force in developing SRU’s aquatics minor and has been involved nationally in revising the American Red Cross’ water safety manual. Aquatic International Magazine named him one of the 25 most powerful people in aquatics in 2005 and 2010.
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance, formed in 2004, is a non-profit organization that works to prevent drowning and aquatic injuries.
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