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The Power of Saving a Life with Red Cross Training

This post is courtesy of Barbara Behling of the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Each year, thousands of young adults have their first ‘real job’ as a lifeguard with Red Cross training. Sure they get to be at the beach or pool everyday working on more than there perfect tan. They are all learning life-skills and for many they may perform life-saving acts. Behind their tinted sunglasses, their keen eyes – almost like a hawk – are scanning the water for dangers above and below the surface.

This holds true for the Regner Park Lifeguard Team who on June 24, 2012 was put to the real test.

Every Friday, they “tested” their skills in “mock scenarios” so their senses were heightened.  Each team member has an important role to play from clearing the water to rendering aid to a swimmer in trouble, to calling 9-1-1, starting CPR and holding back a frantic crowd. On this day, it was no test. It was the real deal. Listen to their story…in their own words…

The group of Regner Park Lifeguard accepting their Real Hero Emergency Response Award from the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin.

These guards were committed to their training, their job and the people they serve. Together, they saved a boys life.  That’s exactly why they were honored with a Washington County Real Heroes Emergency Response Award.

If you want to learn more about becoming a lifeguard or to keep you and your family safer in, on and around water, please visit our website.