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Aug. 29, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

‘Today’ show taps Robert Ogoreuc’s water safety expertise

Robert Ogoreuc, assistant professor of physical education and president of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, appeared on NBC’s “Today” Aug. 28 offering expert advice on preventing drowning. Ogoreuc was interviewed as part of a news story on a Canadian bride who drowned in a river while wearing her wedding dress.

Ogoreuc said the National Drowning Prevention Alliance called him Monday saying the “Today” needed an expert source.

“Today” sent a car to his house and transported him to the NBC affiliate WPXI Channel 11 in Pittsburgh for a 45-minute interview. He appeared for 10 seconds during the “Today” report.

“It was an interesting experience,” Ogoreuc said. “It’s not every day that you’re on the “Today” show. I appreciate the fact that they reached out for my expertise and valued getting a statement.”

Ogoreuc has worked on the American Red Cross Water Safety Advisory Group that revised the Water Safety Instructors program in 2004. He also contributed to the American Red Cross lifeguard manuals.

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