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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
Another article in a series about the people and the jobs that define a Maryland summer. Conor Sheehey has heard the "Baywatch" jokes. All of them, thank you. No, the 19-year-old lifeguard doesn't run in slow motion. Most of the swimmers he supervises don't have camera-ready physiques or model looks. (No offense.) And he's usually taking in the view from a sun-shaded, 6-foot perch overlooking a pool, not the sands of a California beach. But like his fictional TV counterparts, Sheehey is all business when he's sitting in the chair.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
It was the first day of camp, a busy day at the swimming pool of the Baltimore Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. Amid the happy splashing, lifeguard Jalina Ray spotted something that didn't look right. She got the attention of fellow lifeguard Andrew Minkin, and pointed to an 8-year-old thrashing underwater. "I originally thought it was just a kid messing around at the bottom of the pool," said Minkin, 18, a senior at the McDonogh School. "When he didn't surface after 10 seconds, I became really concerned.
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By Dana Klosner-Wehner and Dana Klosner-Wehner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 23, 2002
WHILE EVERYONE can feel safe at the pools in Columbia this summer, residents who enjoy the Huntington and Dasher Green pools may feel even safer. A team of four lifeguards from the two pools took third place in the Northeast Regional Lifeguard Competition sponsored by Jeff Ellis and Associates Inc. on July 9 and 10. The east Columbia team will compete in the national competition in San Diego on Aug. 2 and 3. Team members from the Huntington pool are...
NEWS
June 11, 2014
Regarding Bernard Haske's recent letter ("'Rescue technicians,' aka 'lifeguards.'" June 7), the official name for lifeguards on the beach patrol in Ocean City actually is "surf rescue technicians," or SRTs. Moreover, those who work on the rotating surfing beach really are called "surf beach facilitators," or SBFs. My son is in his sixth year as a member of the OC Beach Patrol. He doesn't really care what beachgoers call him as long as they obey his instructions and understand that he is there for their protection.
NEWS
July 2, 2002
George Scott Carter, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park and a lifeguard, died of a seizure Thursday at Doctors Community Hospital of Prince George's County in Lanham. He was 23. Mr. Carter, who worked as a lifeguard for American Pool Co., was stricken while working at Charlestown Apartments swimming pool in Greenbelt. Born in Baltimore and raised in the northwestern section of the city, he was a 1997 graduate of Gilman School, where he played varsity basketball and was a member of the track team.
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By From Staff Reports | August 14, 1995
A 3-year-old Brentwood boy was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday after children playing nearby found him floating on his back and not breathing in about three feet of water at Sandy Point State Park.He was revived by a lifeguard before being flown to the hospital.Children playing in the south beach area of the park on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay discovered the boy in trouble about 12:25 p.m. and called to nearby adults for help, said Darryl Claggett, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources police.
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By Dana Klosner-Wehner and Dana Klosner-Wehner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 1, 2004
DAN LOTTES, Dasher Green pool manager, feverishly applied CPR to a "patient" who had a seizure and fell unconscious. Kayleigh Brosi, head lifeguard at the Hawthorne pool, and Alex Wertz, lifeguard at the Clemens Crossing pool, pulled two "swimmers" from a pool after lawn chairs landed on top of them during a tornado. The challenges, reported by a Columbia Association lifeguard team, were part of an international lifeguard competition, sponsored by Jeff Ellis and Associates, held Aug. 5 and 6 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, N.J. The association's team, which included Clary's Forest manager Lindsay Hall and Dickinson pool manager Kelly Baugh, who went along to act as a patient, took 10th place against 22 teams - 20 of them from the United States and two from other countries, said Darby van Conover, assistant aquatics director for the Columbia Association.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 8, 2000
WHEN 4-YEAR-OLD Shane Kramer began swimming lessons at the Crofton Swim and Tennis Club last month, he was scared. He was used to the "baby pool." The "big pool" was deep and wide, and he didn't want to go near it. But Kristen Potok, a lifeguard and swim instructor, took Shane's hand and walked with him to the edge of the pool, where the two sat side by side. First, Kristen dipped her toes in the water and wiggled them. Then, Shane, very cautiously, lowered his toes until they barely touched the water, and wiggled them.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1996
A lifeguard pulled a 9-year-old Columbia girl from near the bottom of a neighborhood pool in Ellicott City Monday and revived her using CPR, Howard County rescuers said.Jarnel Thorne of the 10000 block of Green Mountain Circle in Columbia's Wilde Lake village was taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, where she was given a checkup and released Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.A lifeguard at the Roger Carter Neighborhood Center pool in the 3600 block of Fels Lane saw a girl near the bottom of the pool about 2 p.m. Monday.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | May 31, 1991
An assistant state medical examiner has ruled that Allen Christopher Mrozinski, an excellent swimmer who died while being tested for a lifeguard job in Ocean City Sunday, drowned accidentally.Mrozinski, 22, of the Carney area in Baltimore County, drowned in a swimming pool while performing a simulated rescue of a drowning victim, who was played by an experienced lifeguard. Several other lifeguards were near the pool when the exercise suddenly turned into a real situation, according to eyewitness and official accounts.
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June 7, 2014
In a news brief concerning the drowning of a young man in Ocean City , The Sun used the term Ocean City Beach Patrol "rescue technician" ( "Teen dies after getting caught in Ocean City riptide," June 3). It was unclear whether that term originated with the town of Ocean City 's news release or The Sun's writer. It was probably the former, but no matter. Please, say it isn't so. Bernard Haske, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
Lifeguards, Cullin Brown will have you know, do not laze around beaches, lakes and pools. "There's a stereotype that we sit in the sun and tan," said Brown, a 19-year-old lifeguard at Rocky Gap State Park in Western Maryland. State park lifeguards train every day - running, swimming or practicing rescue skills, all of which Brown and about 75 other guards put on display Tuesday at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis at the annual competition of lifeguards from every state park with a beach or pool.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 14, 2013
"As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking," Vice President Joe Biden declared last week as he previewed what his commission on gun violence might actually do. "There are executive orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the Cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required. " Mr. Biden insisted that it is a moral imperative for the White House to do something: "It's critically important that we act. " Most of the attention, understandably, is on Mr. Biden's suggestion that the president will consider using executive orders to do things he couldn't possibly accomplish legislatively.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman , The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2012
Three swimmers got into trouble late Friday afternoon and had to be pulled from the waters near 90th Street and the beach in Ocean City. The distress call came in around 6 p.m., after lifeguards were no longer on duty. Officials said Ocean City police, fire, beach patrol and emergency services responded to the call, but witnesses were able to rescue two of the swimmers and another one was pulled from the water by an off-duty beach patrol member. All three swimmers were hospitalized and their condition is unknown.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, Special to the The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
"TWEEEEEET!" The shrill sound of the lifeguard's whistle should stop dozens of wet little feet right in their tracks. But does it? According to lifeguards, not always. With hordes of sunscreened swimmers flocking to pools and beaches around Baltimore, it's high time for a refresher on water safety basics. Kids (and adults) might get tired of hearing "No running around the pool!" over and over again, but there are good reasons behind those rules. To stay safe at the pool this summer, listen to the lifeguards.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 20, 2012
It's the first day of summer, so a long beach weekend must surely be in sight. The sun, sand and sea are a volatile mix - so it's important to keep safety in mind for the season. To kick things off, I asked Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin (think chief of police, but for the beach) to pass along some beach safety tips. Arbin, who has been a part of the beach patrol for 40 years, said there are precautions you can take - things that could affect people's lives. So head out for summer vacation and make sure you keep these five safety tips in mind when you visit Ocean City: 1. Stay close to the lifeguards.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
OCEAN CITY -- Standing on the beach, an orange buoy at his feet, Scott Christiansen is shivering, his skin turning hues of purple.Clad only in swim trunks, the lifeguard hopeful from Philadelphia picks up the buoy -- for what must be the umpteenth time -- and races into the frigid surf.Mr. Christiansen, 19, is simulating a surf rescue, swimming out to lifeguard playing victim in the ocean, where the temperature is just 57 degrees and the waves are 3 to 4 feet."This is one of the hardest things I've ever done," he said afterward, sipping steaming coffee at a Burger King restaurant, just off the inlet beach.
TRAVEL
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2011
Two years ago, Ocean City debuted a sunny, slightly absurd ad campaign starring a lifeguard named Rodney, who "rescued" people from their daily lives and whisked them away to the beach. With summer just around the corner, the ad series is back for another round of Rodney's rescues, which sees the lifeguard heading to downtown Baltimore and suburbia. Aired across the region, the campaign has made waves with tourists, according to town spokeswoman Donna Abbott. "It's not your standard beach advertisement," Abbott said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2011
Without drama or jellyfish, summer appeared to be winding down Sunday at Rocky Point Beach and Park. Lifeguard chairs soon go into storage as the 2011 swimming season ends at the popular, 375-acre Essex public park. Today ends lifeguard service at most public beaches throughout the state, which offered a respite during brutal heat earlier in the season. "This was a year when we were busier early in the summer," said Rocky Point manager Michael Sapp, a summer Baltimore County Recreation and Parks employee who also works as an elementary schoolteacher at Holabird Middle School in Dundalk.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
If you want to be an Ocean City lifeguard, now's your chance. The Ocean City Beach Patrol is holding a pre-employment physical skills test on Saturday for those interested in joining the beach patrol on duty next summer. Candidates will swim 500 meters, run 300 meters, perform simulated swimming rescues and demonstrate their ability to run fast in timed sprint races. The activities take place in the ocean or a pool, depending on conditions, with all running activities held on the beach.
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