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Sheriff's Office holds 8th annual Life Jacket Exchange

The Lane County Sheriff's Office and Local Rotarians organize the free event, and they say their mission is to ensure that every child has a properly fitting life jacket.

EUGENE, Ore. - If your child still needs a life jacket for the summer, Sheriff's Deputies want to help you out at the annual Life Jacket Exchange this weekend.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office and Local Rotarians organize the free event, and they say their mission is to ensure that every child has a properly fitting life jacket.

It's out with the old and in with the new at Cabela's this weekend when it comes to life jackets that don't quite fit anymore.

"If you have a kid that has a life jacket, maybe you're not sure if it fits, bring them down and our volunteers will put life jackets on them and check to make sure it fits," said Tim Chase, with Lane County Search and Rescue. "If it doesn't fit, you'll have the opportunity to trade it for one that does."

Many parents took advantage of the free event.

"We have three boys, and we love to go to the water so we just wanted to get life jackets that fit them," said Jason Welch. "We heard about this, and it's free so it's a great opportunity to come down and make sure our kids are safe."

The Sheriff's Office says they respond to up to 60 calls each summer regarding someone falling into the water.

"If you're out on the boat and something happens, you're not going to have time to grab that life jacket," said Chase. "So we just want to make sure that everybody wears their life jackets whenever they're out there in the water so that they have it available, not just on the boat but on their person. That's where it's really going to do the most good."

Whether your child is playing in or near the water, a life jacket is a must-have accessory for the summer.

If you missed today's Life Jacket Exchange, the whole thing will be taking place again on Sunday at Cabela's from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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