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Breakheart Reservation lifeguards honored for heroic actions

Posted by | January 10, 2017 | Uncategorized

The Department of Conservation and Recreation submitted the following press releaseAt a Massachusetts State House ceremony, the Baker-Polito Administration honored lifeguards stationed at Department of Conservation and Recreation managed beaches and pools throughout the Commonwealth for their heroic efforts to assist others in need during the agency’s 2016 summer swimming season. In several instances, DCR lifeguards, who receive extensive training leading up to the summer months, reacted quickly to assist individuals under extreme duress.Individuals honored during the recognition event included Breakheart Reservation lifeguards Joie Donnelly and Shannon Daly.On June 25, 2016, Donnelly retrieved an unconscious patron from the deepest part of the beach’s guarded area, performing CPR until reviving the individual. After visiting a nearby hospital, the gentleman made a full recovery.On June 26, 2016, Daly retrieved an unconscious child actively drowning. With no noticeable breathing or pulse, Daly performed two cycles of CPR until the child regained both. Paramedics transported the patron to a nearby hospital, who made a full recovery.”Today we honor state lifeguards for their brave actions in critical situations,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “On behalf of the Commonwealth, thank you for performing your duties at an exceptional level in order to protect the public.””Visitors to state managed waterfronts should feel safe and secure knowing that our lifeguards are trained for serious emergency situations,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “Our waterfronts are safer because of them and their efforts, and we hope many other young people consider training to become lifeguards for the upcoming summer season.”DCR lifeguards are professional rescuers who are trained to both prevent injuries from occurring, and to respond in an emergency to help save a life. As part of a team, lifeguards must work together calmly and efficiently to manage crisis situations. The DCR conducted over 200 rescues or assisted in life threatening situations during the Summer 2016 season, such as rip current saves, administration of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and assisting distressed swimmers, while also closely monitoring the facilities to ensure optimum safety.”Visitors to our state waterfronts must always remember that danger can present itself suddenly and without warning, which is why the DCR trains its lifeguards to think quickly and take actions that directly leads to the saving of lives,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “We encourage their continued service and look to supporting all of our lifeguard candidates going into the summer season.””The lifeguards we honor today are truly dedicated to ensuring the public stays safe at DCR managed facilities, and will serve as excellent role models as the agency continues to recruit and train guards for the upcoming 2017 swimming season,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration is extremely proud of their efforts, and it is my hope that many lifeguards will return to state waterfronts and pools again this year.”DCR’s Aquatics Division, which oversees lifeguard recruitment, hiring, training, collectively staffs 32 swimming pools, 15 ocean beaches, and 25 inland beaches across the Commonwealth. To prepare lifeguards for real-life emergency situations, the Aquatics Division partners with the Red Cross to offer various tests and certification standards. All DCR lifeguards, who must be at least 16 years of age, must have a Red Cross or YMCA Lifeguarding certificate as well as a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) certificate for the Professional Rescuer from either the Red Cross or the American Heart Association.”Massachusetts is blessed with some of the finest public beaches in the nation. Our residents and tourists alike can visit these DCR waterfronts knowing that skilled, brave lifeguards are on hand to ensure their safety,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, D-Winthrop. “As the representative for two coastal communities, I thank the honorees for their quick thinking and actions and salute them for their efforts in keeping people safe.””I commend all of the individuals being honored by DCR today for their heroic and life-saving actions,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr., R-North Reading. “DCR lifeguards undergo extensive training, and it’s comforting to know that they are always at the ready to assist the public and keep our state beaches and swimming pools safe.”


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