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Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Donates Defibrillators To Local Foundation

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones teams up with a local foundation to donate life-saving equipment to the city’s aquatic program.

Jones met an eager group of swimmers Saturday at Callowhill Aquatic Center.

He joined the Connor Cares Foundation to present the center with three defibrillators.

“The city of Baltimore is delighted to accept such a vital piece of equipment, which could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency,” said Baltimore City Recreation Parks Director Ernest J. Burkeen. “This life-saving equipment will be a vital resource for our aquatics staff and the citizens who use and visit the city’s swim facilities.”

Earlier this month, Maryland’s General Assembly passed Connor’s Law, named in honor of 5-year-old Connor John-James Freed who drowned at the Crofton Country Club’s pool in 2006. After Connor was taken out of the pool, a lifeguard dialed 911 and said the pool had a defibrillator, but he wasn’t trained to use it.

In 2007, Connor’s parents founded the Connor Cares Foundation, which promotes swimming safety by donating defibrillators to pools.

For more information on the Connor Cares Foundation, click here.

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