Bill O’Melia

Drennen's Dreams Foundation


Bill O’Melia is a General Building Contractor in Colorado. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 29 years and is the proud father of three boys. On June 6, 2010, Bill and Melissa, lost their oldest son Drennen, who was 12, to a fatal drowning in their lifeguarded community pool. Drennen had just started his seventh summer of competitive swimming the day before and had qualified for All-Stars in all three of his individual events. Since May of 2014, Bill has presented to tens of thousands of lifeguards, aquatics professionals and management nationally. Bill co-chaired the Lifeguarding/Supervision tract of the USNWSAP, currently sits on the Operations Committee of Families United to Prevent Drowning, the AOAP Board of Directors and is featured in the American Red Cross training videos “Not On Your Watch.” The Drennen’s Dreams Foundation actively supports lifeguarding by raising money for training, equipment and educational materials.