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Tragedy should remind us of dangers around water

Re: An ‘amazing little man’ (Advocate, Thursday, July 28)

I am so truly saddened by this family’s loss. I would like to extend my most sincere sympathy to the parents, grandparents and extended family of Harrison Burke. I am a mother of two sons, ages six and four, and I cannot imagine the sorrow this family is feeling. I am, however, writing in hopes of offering some measure of comfort.

Our family has lived in Sylvan Lake for almost three years. We take our sons to the beach regularly throughout the summer and often to the pool in the winter. I know that I have personally had times where I have not been as vigilant as I could have been when my children are near the water. Living near the lake and spending so much time around the water breeds a level of complacency.

I have thought hundreds of times of Harrison Burke over the past week. I have come to believe that Harrison’s role in my life (although I never met him or his family) was to remind me of how quickly life can change. I want Harrison’s family to find comfort in knowing that I have learned from their tragedy. Our family has had many discussions this week on water safety and what we must do to make this a priority living around water.

To the Burke family, I cannot imagine your loss, but I truly pray that you will find peace knowing that while your son’s life was short, it touched not only those he knew, but those he didn’t as well.

Crystal Workun

Sylvan Lake

 
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