Lifeguard Team Rescue High School Swimmers
July 1, 2016
Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded a team of lifeguards from the Parks and Recreation Department’s West Mesa Aquatic Center, for the heroic actions they took to save the lives of two swimmers.
On January 14th, two high school swimmers collided while practicing their starting dives at the Albuquerque West Mesa Aquatic Center. The program coordinator, Alicia Parr, witnessed the incident and quickly activated her lifeguard team’s emergency action plan. As a result of the team’s immediate response, both swimmers were quickly and safely rescued from the water. In addition to the rescue, the team called 911 and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) crews were dispatched to the center and arrived shortly thereafter. The team briefed the EMS crews and assisted with the transfer the swimmers onto gurneys for transport to the hospital. Both swimmers were released from the hospital later that evening without serious injuries.
The lifeguard staff successfully worked together to complete two very complex rescues simultaneously. Parr provided keen leadership, quick thinking and clear communication in order to guide her team to effectively and safely save the swimmers from the water. The teamwork and skills demonstrated by these well-trained rescuers is a testament to the exceptional leadership and training of the Aquatics Division. It is for these reasons that this team has been selected as this week’s Employees of the Week.
Employees of the Week: Program Coordinator Alicia Parr, Lifeguard Dillon Moses, Head Lifeguard Matt Simmons, Outdoor Pool Supervisor Charlotte Tyrannosaurus, Head Lifeguard Tim Alvis, Head Lifeguard Tyler Alvis, Lifeguard Lauren De-Pasquale, Lifeguard Taylor Rae Burchell, Lifeguard Alyse Holguin and Lifeguard Mark Gonzales.