Christopher Saghin, a 12-year founding Venetian team member, experienced every parent’s worst fear. Last April, his two-year-old daughter, Brooke, was found floating face down in their backyard pool. On average, eight children drown each year in Southern Nevada. Nationwide, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years. It doesn’t take long for a kid to drown. Most who’ve drowned were last seen in the home, were out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.

Fortunately, for the Saghins, the day didn’t end in tragedy. Thanks to their incredible son, Tristin, their daughter survived. The nine-year-old pulled his sister from the water. Having learned CPR from (of all places) his favorite movie “Black Hawk Down”, he revived her before the paramedics arrived.

Today the Venetian and Palazzo partnered with Clark County Fire Department to raise awareness of the importance of pool safety by naming Tristin as an honorary lifeguard.

June 21 marks the first official day of the summer season. As tourists and locals venture into the pool to cool off, we all need to be vigilant about observing pool safety. John Caparella, president of the the Venetian and Palazzo, emphasized at the ceremony that “whether you’re in your own backyard enjoying this Las Vegas weather or at one of our grand pools here at The Venetian, it’s important to us that our guests, Las Vegas visitors and residents of Southern Nevada are aware of potential pool dangers and always practice safe pool activities.”