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Hundreds Receive New Life Jackets

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some unworn life jackets are getting used again, after this weekend’s life jacket exchange.

Parents brought their kids and life jackets they’ve grown out of to Cabelas, where Search and Rescue volunteers helped find them a properly fitting life jacket.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team and volunteers are hoping this event will help educate people on the importance of wearing life jackets while out on the waterways. “The common sense thing is wear them when you’re out there. Even though it’s not fashionable, even though it may ruin your tan lines, wear them on the waterways,” said John Miller, Lane County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue coordinator.

Miller said parents should wear life jackets as well, because if there’s an emergency they might not be able to help their kids if they’re not wearing a life jacket.

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