With his contagious smile and bright blue eyes, Tyler Nickerson's grandmother says the three year old melted the hearts of everyone he met. "He was so sweet," said Elizabeth Gardner.
Gardner spent most of the day looking at Tyler's pictures. She still can't believe he's gone. She told WSFA 12 News, "I don't understand it." Two years ago this month, another Montgomery child and a friend of Tyler's, Skylan Cambrie, drowned in a backyard pool.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 300 children under age five drown in pools every year. Allan Barber with the East YMCA sees about 400 children jump in the Y's pool everyday during the summer. The Y has strict rules in place to keep swimmers of all ages safe. Barber said those rules include, "Make them take breaks. Don't leave them in the pool by themselves."
Barber says those rules should also apply at home. The number one safety tip: always keep an eye on children when their near the water. A rule Elizabeth Gardner couldn't agree with more. She hopes other families learn from their overwhelming loss. She said, "When you are out there, don't leave them."