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DETAILS ON DEATH AT KENEY PARK POOL

DETAILS ON DEATH AT KENEY PARK POOL

HARTFORD, CONN (July 4, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin, Police Chief David Rosado, and Kim Oliver, Director of the Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (DFCYR), discussed the circumstances of the tragic death of a juvenile in Keney Park pool overnight. 

“The overnight drowning of a young man in Keney Park pool is a tragedy for our community, and our hearts and our prayers are with his family and his friends today,” said Mayor Bronin.  “While an investigation is ongoing, we are providing the public with everything we know at this point.  We are working together as a city to identify anything and everything we can do to try to prevent tragedies like this in the future, and we also ask that kids and parents please, please do not try to use city pools after hours.” 

“On behalf of the Hartford Police Department, I want to extend our condolences to this young man’s friends and family,” said Chief Rosado.  “Last year, we installed a camera system at each outdoor pool as an added measure to prevent use of the pools after hours, but in this case the modem associated with the camera at Keney Park’s pool was not working due to extreme heat conditions.  Yesterday, we had diagnostic work done on that camera, but it was not operational until earlier today.  As of this afternoon, the camera system is back up at Keney Park pool and the cameras at other outdoor city pools continue to work.”

“As a Department, our first mission is to do everything we can to keep our young people safe, and we are heartbroken by the death of this young man,” said Kim Oliver.  “Every night, including last night, our staff closes our pool complexes and locks them.  Keney Park’s pool complex is surrounded by a ten-foot fence.  I urge everyone in the community to remember that it’s unsafe to be in any of our pools after hours, and to especially remind our children of how dangerous it is to swim after hours.”

The Keney Park pool complex will be closed until at least Friday.  The indoor pool at Parker Memorial Community Center will be open tomorrow, Thursday, July 5th, from noon until 7 PM.

Background information on last night’s incident:

  • At approximately 12:44 AM today, dispatch received a call about a person who had been missing since approximately 1:30 PM in the afternoon on Tuesday, July 3rd.  Officers were sent to 1450 Main Street, which is in the Clay Arsenal neighborhood, where the caller said they were.  A patrol responded to the area but was not able to make contact with the individual who made the call.

  • At approximately 2:02 AM this morning, dispatch received a second call from the original caller about what they thought was a body in Keney Park pool.  Officers responded to Keney Park pool where they met a group of young people.  The Hartford Fire Department and American Medical Response were called to the scene.

  • Once inside the pool area, a body was observed in the deep end of one of Keney Park’s pools.  Hartford Fire Department personnel retrieved the victim and began CPR.  The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  

  • In interviews with police officers, the victim’s friends said they had been swimming in the pool after it had closed when one member of the group said they believed police were coming.  The group then fled the pool and Keney Park.  Officers were not on their way to the pool at that time.  After leaving Keney Park, friends said they realized the victim was missing, and began searching for him.  The initial location at 1450 Main Street was the home of the victim. 

  • Keney Park’s pool hours are between noon and 7 PM, and it is staffed by lifeguards.  After 7 PM, the entrance to the pool complex is locked.  The complex is surrounded by a ten-foot fence. 

  • Last year as an added precaution, the City installed cameras at its outdoor public pools, including technology to alert dispatchers when the perimeter of the pool complexes are breached after hours.  The camera was not working at Keney Park pool last night; Keney Park pool opened this past Monday, July 2nd.  Yesterday, the City had a vendor perform off-site diagnostic work to try and fix that camera and a handful of others that were not operating properly in the city.  They were able to fix some cameras, but not the camera at Keney Park pool.

  • This morning there was work done on site at Keney Park pool, and it was determined that the camera failed because its modem was in a room that was extremely hot, causing it to malfunction.  The camera system at Keney Park pool is now operational.  The cameras at the other outdoor pools are also operational. 

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MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON PROTEST AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATION

MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON PROTEST AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATION

HARTFORD, CONN (July 2, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin released the statement below in support of the protest this morning calling on the Trump administration to reunite the children and parents it separated.

“Children should never have been separated from their parents, and every day they stay separated is a moral stain on our country,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The Trump administration had no plan and no process for reuniting these families, and they’re showing no sense of urgency to right this wrong.  This morning, hundreds of people gathered at the federal building in Hartford to protest this inhumane, unjustifiable, and un-American policy.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has become President Trump's deportation force, criminalizing asylum seekers and tearing families apart, including families here in Connecticut.  I hope that we continue to see our community and people across the country speak out until families are reunited and until this administration abandons its anti-immigrant agenda across the board.”  

“We will always work to facilitate and support the right to peacefully demonstrate and protest,” said Police Chief David Rosado.  “The Hartford Police Department closed part of Main Street today to allow for the demonstration to occur safely.  Organizers of the demonstration told our officers that one of their objectives today was to be arrested, and we did make arrests of thirty-five people who were blocking the doors of the Ribicoff Federal Building, which houses a variety of offices including Citizenship and Immigration Services, the District Court, and the Probation Office, among others.”

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MAYOR BRONIN HIGHLIGHTS COOLING CENTERS AHEAD OF HEAT WAVE

MAYOR BRONIN HIGHLIGHTS COOLING CENTERS AHEAD OF HEAT WAVE

HARTFORD, CONN (June 29, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin and Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, the City’s Emergency Management Director, highlighted cooling centers available to Hartford residents this weekend and throughout the summer ahead of an expected heat wave over the next week.  Mayor Bronin also urged residents to stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day to the extent possible, and to stay hydrated.

“We’re finally going to have a stretch of sun and I hope folks are able to enjoy it, but with heat comes the danger of dehydration and exhaustion,” said Mayor Bronin.  “During the hottest parts of the day, particularly in the afternoon, please try to stay indoors as much as possible.  No matter how much time you’re spending outside, please stay hydrated.  There are cooling centers open around the city, and I want to thank Asylum Hill Congregational Church for opening their doors as well this weekend.”

The City expects temperatures in Hartford to reach the low to mid 90s this weekend and throughout next week.  Chief Freeman warned residents about excessive outdoor activity and asked that they refrain from opening fire hydrants. 

“It is not safe for our children to have open flowing hydrants in our streets,” said Chief Freeman.  “Any outdoor activity during the hottest hours of the day comprises the health and safety of our citizens by making them susceptible to heat related injuries.”

Earlier this month the City also announced that on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night this summer between June 21st and August 25th, Parker Memorial Community Center and the Samuel V. Arroyo Center will be open from 4 PM – 11 PM for young people ages 13 – 24.

Health Tips for Warm Weather from the Centers for Disease Control:

    Stay cool and stay hydrated.

    Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of your activity level.

    Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

    Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, including pets.

    Visit older adults or others at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Temporary Cooling Centers for this Weekend:

Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st

Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue: 10 AM – 6 PM

Sunday, July 1st

Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street: 10 AM – 6 PM

Samuel V. Arroyo Center, 30 Pope Park Drive: 10 AM – 6 PM

Summer Cooling Center Hours:

Please note that these are summer hours for these facilities, and that they will not be open on July 4th.

Monday

North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street: 9:30 AM – 3 PM

South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue: 9 AM – 4 PM

Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street: 8:30 AM – 8 PM

Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street: 8 AM – 4 PM

Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street: 9:30 AM – 8 PM

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue: 10 AM – 6 PM

Barbour Branch, 261 Barbour Street: 10 AM – 8 PM

Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue: 10 AM – 6 PM

Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue: 10 AM – 6 PM

Park Branch, 744 Park Street: 10 AM – 8 PM

SANDS/Ropkins Branch, 1750 Main Street: 12:30 PM – 6 PM

Tuesday

North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street: 9:30 AM – 3 PM

South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue: 9 AM – 4 PM

Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street: 8:30 AM – 8 PM

Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street: 8 AM – 4 PM

Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street: 9:30 AM – 8 PM

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue: 10 AM – 8 PM

Barbour Branch, 261 Barbour Street: 10 AM – 6 PM

Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue: 10 AM – 8 PM

Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue: 10 AM – 8 PM

Park Branch, 744 Park Street: 10 AM – 6 PM

SANDS/Ropkins Branch, 1750 Main Street: 12:30 PM – 6 PM

Wednesday, Except for July 4th 

North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street: 9:30 AM – 3 PM

South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue: 9 AM – 4 PM

Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street: 8:30 AM – 8 PM

Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street: 8 AM – 4 PM

Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street: 9:30 AM – 8 PM

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue: 10 AM – 6 PM

Barbour Branch, 261 Barbour Street: 10 AM – 8 PM

Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue: 10 AM – 6 PM

Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue: 10 AM – 6 PM

Park Branch, 744 Park Street: 10 AM – 8 PM

SANDS/Ropkins Branch, 1750 Main Street: 12:30 PM – 6 PM

Thursday

North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street: 9:30 AM – 3 PM

South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue: 9 AM – 4 PM

Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street: 8:30 AM – 8 PM

Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street: 8 AM – 4 PM

Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street: 9:30 AM – 8 PM

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue: 10 AM – 8 PM

Barbour Branch, 261 Barbour Street: 10 AM – 6 PM

Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue: 10 AM – 8 PM

Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue: 10 AM – 8 PM

Park Branch, 744 Park Street: 10 AM – 6 PM

SANDS/Ropkins Branch, 1750 Main Street: 12:30 PM – 6 PM

Friday

North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street: 9:30 AM – 3 PM

South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue: 9 AM – 4 PM

Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street: 8:30 AM – 5 PM

Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street: 8 AM – 4 PM

Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street: 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue: 10 AM – 5 PM

Barbour Branch, 261 Barbour Street: 10 AM – 5 PM

Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue: 10 AM – 5 PM

Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue: 10 AM – 5 PM

Park Branch, 744 Park Street: 10 AM – 5 PM

SANDS/Ropkins Branch, 1750 Main Street: 12:30 PM – 5 PM

Saturday

Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street: 9 AM – 2 PM

Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street: 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue: 10 AM – 5 PM

Park Branch, 744 Park Street: 10 AM – 5 PM

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