|To the Editor: Nurse helped prevent tragedy at BG pool|
|Written by Rick Worch|
|Monday, 17 August 2009 09:20|
Thursday afternoon at City Pool in BG, a young boy was pulled unconscious from the water. I could not help but feel pity for the boy's aunt and uncle as they watched in despair and disbelief as the lifeguards tried to revive their loved one. My stomach wrenched in knots at the thought my daughter were the one sprawled on the concrete. The situation looked bleak until Jenny Ashman, a nurse, came to the boy's aid. She performed CPR until the boy began breathing again. Without Jenny, I shutter to think of the outcome.
I am writing to acknowledge Jenny's heroism - for she is a true hero - and to wish the young boy and his family the best as they recover from this near tragedy. I also want parents and guardians who bring their children to the pool or who allow them to come on their own that there may not always be a Jenny Ashman to help. The lifeguards should be applauded for doing their best, but it was apparent that their training was insufficient. We have faith that lifeguards are prepared to handle such incidents, but our faith may be misplaced.
I urge the city to enact more stringent qualifications for lifeguards and install state-of-the-art medical equipment at City Pool so that lifeguards will be better prepared and equipped to save a life.
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