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Updated Apr 4, 2013 - 10:46 am

Walk for Water Safety to hit road across Arizona

Cardon Children's Medical Center /2012 Walk for Water Safety Volunteers armed with informational door bags helping to educate Arizonans around water.

PHOENIX -- The weather is warming up and the water looks tempting.

Before diving in, lace right up and join the walk for water safety this weekend.

Arizona's fire departments need help hanging plastic bags on thousands of front doors across the state Saturday. Inside the bags is information to help keep everyone safe around water.

For Cody Thompson, that message is personal. His son Brennan drowned in an Arizona canal in 2011.

Thompson told Raising Arizona Kids, "It's avoidable."

To join the walk or volunteer, contact one of the local fire departments:

Apache Junction: Tina Gerola, 480-982-4440

Avondale: Sue Pistoia, 623-333-6112

Chandler: Brad Miller, 480-782-2136

Florence: Bill Bruin, 1-520-868-7609

Gilbert: Jean Machnicki, 480-503-6325

Glendale: Janet Boberg, jboberg@glendaleaz.com

Goodyear: Tanja Tanner, 623-882-7308

Lake Havasu City: Kathy Black, 1-928-855-3609

Maricopa: Brad Pitassi, 1-520-251-3888

Mesa: Michele Long, 480-644-2294

Peoria: Tim Eiden, 623-773-7919

Safe Kids Pima County, 1-520-324-2783

Queen Creek: Ron Knight, ron.knight@queencreek.org

San Tan Valley/Fountain Hills: Mark Cichocki, 480-540-8802

Scottsdale: Lori Schmidt 480-312-1817

Southwest Ambulance, Rural/Metro Fire: John Ford, 480-655-7223

Sun City West: Hollie Sandeen, 623-215-1058

SWIMkids USA: Melissa Sutton, 480-820-9109

Tempe: Monique Bonfiglio, 480-858-7240

Yuma Safekids: Ryan Butcher, 1-928-317-4667

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About the Author


Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.

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