Jacob's Memory: A family works to keep kids safe

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CORNELL, Wis-- A family is determined to keep their son and grandson's memory alive after an accidental drowning.

Four-year old Jacob Schultz died last August after being pulled unconscious from Lake Altoona.

“He always made funny faces he was such a goofy kid,” said Kessea Kahl.

Kahl can still hear her grandson Jacob’s laughter. “He was 4 years, 12 months, and 4 days old when he died and if he would had his life jacket on and if he would have had swimming under his belt I think he would have been able to save himself when he fell in the water,” said Kahl.

Kahl and her family have made it their mission to make sure no other family loses a child to drowning. This year thanks to a family friend's donation they are giving 8 kids free swimming lessons at the Bloomer Aquatic Center and in the fall 10 more kids will have the opportunity to learn how to swim for free.

But that's just one part of a legacy Jacob's friends and family are hoping to build.

Jessica Kragar’s son Jacob was best friends with Jacob Schultz. He had an idea collect life jackets in Jacob’s name.

“We were shocked at first and realized how persistent he was and how much this project meant to him. She added “His big thing is that he doesn't want anyone else to lose a best friend,” said Kragar.

Kragar says her son has till July 4th to collet 500 life jackets.
The life jackets will be distributed to area beaches later this summer for families to borrow.
Kragar says they are calling the project Jacob's Jackets.

They've collected dozens of new and used life jackets from friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers from across the country.

The goal to make sure a little boy's memory keeps others kids safe.

“If we can save one person we’ve saved a family,” said Kahl.