Quick reaction saves life

Fort Smith, Arkansas – It takes just seconds to get into trouble in the water. It also takes just seconds to save someone struggling to remain above water. Thanks to the quick reaction of a Fort Smith man, a life was saved at one of Beaver Lake’s popular swim beaches.

Daniel Zomore, 35, was enjoying a warm summer afternoon at Prairie Creek Park last July when he recognized an individual struggling to stay above water in the swim beach area of the park. According to park rangers working in the area, Zomore ran to the beach life-ring station and threw a life ring to the swimmer. Moments later, he pulled the swimmer to shore.

“Mr. Zomore’s acute awareness and quick response undoubtedly saved a life that afternoon,” said Ranger Alan Bland. “When we arrived on scene, Mr. Zamore had already pulled the swimmer to safety and the swimmer was breathing rapidly and disoriented. A few more seconds later and the outcome could have been much worse.”

The Corps of Engineers encourages water safety and promotes safe boating and swimming practices at all lakes, rivers and swim beaches. Zomore was recognized with a Live Saver Award certificate from Colonel Robert Dixon, Commander of the Little Rock District.

It reads in part, “Mr. Zomore’s immediate response to non-verbal signs of distress and selfless actions are directly responsible for saving a life…Little Rock District recognizes Mr. Daniel Zomore for his gallant act of courage and compassion.”

Lifesaving Award Zomore

The Corps reminds all visitors to be careful in and around the water because even strong swimmers can drown. Remember, “Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns!”

For more information about water safety, visit the Corps’ National Water Safety website at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/National-Water-Safety_Program/

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