December 30th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Christians Law

On July 12, 2012 Christian’s Law, Massachusetts General Law c. 111, §127A½ was passed. It goal is to make summer camps safer for kids while they swim. The law requires camps and programs to ensure that all minors be tested to determine their abilities in the water, that those minors who are at risk are provided with a Coast Guard-approved jacket, and that parents be allowed to provide their own jacket if they choose to do so.

The law was named in honor of Christian Frechette who drowned at summer camp in Cedar Lake in 2007. On July 13, 2007, Christian arrived at camp with his brother Cameron and his father Derek. Derek had taken life jackets for his son, but was not allowed to leave them because it was against camp policy. Christian was later found in 3 feet of water near a dock.

Derek Frechette and his wife, Christina, established the CEF Foundation in memory of their son Christian. The foundation plans to provide free life vests to public and private camps, or others who need them. West Marine, a life jacket manufacturer, donated 100 jackets for the cause. Frechette would like to distribute 2,000  a year in the area. if possible, he would to give out 100,000 nationwide.

We would like to offer our condolences to Christian’s family, and congratulate his parents on accomplishing their goal of establishing the CEF Foundation.

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