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Family raises money for life vest kiosks at Oxbow Park in memory of teen who drowned

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It has been one year since a Washington teenager drowned in the Sandy River, and on Friday his family returned to that same area with a new push to prevent future drownings.

13-year-old Aaron Peters family set up a non-profit with the goal of building life vest kiosks for public use in high risk locations, including Oxbow Park in Gresham where Aaron drowned last year while attending a youth leadership conference.

The life vests will be free for the public to use, and the family hopes people will take full advantage of them.

FOX 12 spoke with Aaron's grandfather, Donald Wood, at Oxbow Park, where his family held a dedication. Wood is spearheading the efforts.

"He always made good choices. I believe that had a life vest kiosk been down here, he would've used one. What we want to see accomplished is people not drowning."

The Oxbow Park life vest kiosk is the first of many planned around Oregon.

Aaron's family said they hope to extend their efforts into Washington as well because Aaron is from Port Angeles.

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