The Joshua Lee Carr River Safety Foundation presented the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System with a $5,000 donation during the Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 20 meeting.
Members of Loudoun’s swift water rescue team were on hand to receive the donation.
The nonprofit foundation was formed in 2013 by friends and family of Joshua Lee Carr, a young Hamilton resident who drowned swimming in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, WV. He ventured too far into the river, where the meeting of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers drives rapid underwater currents where the surface appears calm.
The foundation advocates river safety, promotes safety education, and supports the local swift water rescue teams. The foundation is currently hosting its first fundraiser. One of its members, Kerry Faroane, has knitted a quilt for a raffle.
This year, the foundation sponsored its first Eagle Scout project, Jett Glackin’s project to build an informational kiosk at Sleeter Lake Park in Round Hill. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 13.
More information about the Joshua Lee Carr River Safety Foundation is at riversafety.org.