Safer Boating. Safer Water. Safer Kids.

Our Mission

The Chris Connors Fund was established as a special project of the York Fire Department and York Water Rescue team to create a junior boating and water safety program for York, Maine and its surrounding community in order to save lives by promoting and teaching safer boating and safer water habits for kids.  

Chris’s leadership and example in establishing this unique fund and program will have great positive results far into the future.
— Joe Mokry, founder of Ocean Rescue Systems International



  • To ensure Chris Connors's legacy of safer boating, safer water, safer kids will continue in the years to come.
  • To sponsor a free Annual Kids Boating and Water Safety Day 
  • To distribute a free waterproof First Mate's Boating Safety Checklist and Salty's Water Safety Tip Card for kids
  • To sponsor a Chris Connors Scholarship for a young man or woman to attend The United States Merchant Marine Academy or The Coast Guard Academy
  • To educate the children in our community about boating and water safety tips through our mascot Salty The Seal and the York Water Rescue Team