Golden Valley mother pushes for lifeguard training bill

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – A Golden Valley mother is fighting for a law that she calls "a memorial" to her son.

"I'm still healing, still in shock," says Latoya Redmon, whose 6-year-old son, Tony Caine, drowned at Wirth Beach in Minneapolis in 2012.

Despite the tragedy, Redmon is committed to making a difference and has partnered with Rep. Mike Frieberg to create "Tony's Law."

The law, which has passed the Senate, would require all lifeguards on duty at public beaches to have Red Cross or equivalent training.

"There's no requirement in state law that they have it," says Frieberg. "Most cities and counties require it, but I was surprised to find out it's not mandated."

The bill hits the House floor on Monday.

"I know it's more than lifeguards," says Redmon. "Parents need to be the first set of eyes, but this will help."

If "Tony's Law" passes the House and is signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, it would take effect in 2015.


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