GRAND HAVEN, Mich. A western Michigan mother who became a high-profile advocate for marine safety after her son drowned in a rip current a decade ago is getting a national honor.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Grand Haven resident Vicki Cech will receive a Community Lifesaver of the Year award from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance next week during its annual conference.
She's led numerous safety efforts and pushed for a state law enacted in 2006 that toughened penalties for stealing or vandalizing publicly owned marine-safety equipment.
Cech's son, Andy Fox, drowned in September 2003 while swimming near a pier at Grand Haven State Park. No life rings were kept on the pier's catwalk or nearby because of liability concerns, and there wasn't enough time to retrieve one from a concession building.