Lifeguards keep on saving livesPublished 9:34am Friday, June 21, 2013
I watched as a life was saved today, literally. While I was reading, watching my kids and enjoying the sun, a local lifeguard at the Albert Lea city pool saved a little boy who was drowning.
I am in awe. This was, in my opinion, an act of great heroism, and yet, life went on as if things like this occur every day. The boy was drowning; the lifeguard blew his whistle, jumped in, saved the boy, sat with him — patting his back until he wasn’t afraid — and took him off to find his family just as another guard quietly slipped into the now unoccupied chair. The next thing I know, the lifeguard is back on duty without fanfare, without applause and without commendation. I don’t know the guard or the little boy, but I couldn’t let this go without publicly thanking all the young lifeguards at our city pool. You are professional, and do your jobs well. Thank you for taking your work seriously.