The Fight Continues
Ritz currently lives ashore with his family in Scappoose, Oregon, a stone’s throw from where his young son’s life was taken in 1999. His latest effort has been to create the Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association (electricshockdrowning.org), which is intended to bring professionals together to help marinas get on board with ESD prevention.
“I don’t think there is a single individual who has done more to help the cause of ESD awareness and prevention than Kevin,” Rifkin says. “I guarantee lives have been saved through his efforts.”
When he’s not out in the trenches, Ritz is busy offering a shoulder to other unfortunates who have lost a loved one to ESD. “It’s not a club you want to become a member of,” he says. “But if you do it’s nice to have others around who know what you’re going through.”
For now, Ritz is guardedly optimistic that his club will stop getting bigger. “These efforts are beginning to pay off,” he says, “but we’ll really know they’re working when we start going through summers and nobody dies.”
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