HCSO Marine Patrol Division Hosts National Boater Safety Week And National Water Safety Month Press Conference

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sheriff Jim Hammond and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Division hosted a press conference on Wednesday at Chester Frost Park in recognition of National Boater Safety Week (May 18–24). It is also important to note that May is National Water Safety Month.

During the press conference, members of the media learned about the HCSO Marine Patrol Division’s mission and ways to encourage safe boating habits for families. Sergeant Matthew Purvis with the HCSO Marine Patrol Division offered tips to help boaters enjoy the boating season as well as discussed various safety equipment required to be kept aboard various vessels and personal watercraft.

After the press conference, members of the media took a tour and excursion aboard Marine One and Two and were able to participate in live boat checks with area boaters.
Reporters were also able to witness firsthand the speed, power, and agility of Marine One and Two as both vessels were put through various runs and maneuvers.

Also joining the press conference were representatives from the Hamilton County Park Rangers, Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Division, and personnel with the TWRA.

Several members of the community also came out with their children to see Marine One and Two and learn about proper boater safety. 

The HCSO Public Relations Division thanks the following personnel for their efforts to the press conference a success: Captain Doug Wilson, Sergeant Matthew Purvis, Corporal Steven Gaffin, and Deputy Sam Roistacher. A special thanks to Hamilton County Parks Director Tom Lamb and Captain Noel McDaniel and Lieutenant Ken Fairchild of the Hamilton County Park Rangers.

 

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