For many teens, being a lifeguard may sound like the perfect summer job. It’s a position that you can apply for, become certified, and start working at a relatively young age. You also get to sit and soak up the sun at the pool or the beach, which you probably wanted to be doing anyway. However …
Lifeguarding is a serious, important duty that people depend on.
Sometimes it’s only during emergencies that we realize how much responsibility we are giving to these young, newly-trained teenagers.
Such is the case with Jack Viglianco, the 15-year-old lifeguard who was interviewed in the video below after he saved the life of a drowning four-year-old toddler …
On his first day on the job.
Viglianco was only 20 minutes into his first shift working at the Charles A. Foster Pool in Lakewood, Ohio when he heard someone in the water crying out for help. “I heard like a ‘Help! Ah!’ kind of thing. And I looked over and I saw a guy who’s probably like 3’6′, in the 4-foot water and gasping for air,” Viglianco said about the rescuee, who turned out to be a child on a summer camp field trip.
“Active drowners can still breathe, and they’re still above water, but they are still in the act of drowning,” explained Viglianco, who had reportedly completed the five-hour orientation program required by the pool’s staff only the day before.
The teen said his job was a “passion and a dream come true.”
“I was realizing that I just saved a kid’s life, and that is something that not many people, others say. It’s nothing any of my friends have ever said,” he said.
Saving a child on your first day is a remarkable story, but Viglianco is not alone in his heroics. Between the two Lakewood public pools, there were reportedly 42 would-be drowning victims in the past two summers, all rescued by lifeguards.
There are a lot of lessons to take away from this story. Pay close attention to your children around pools, don’t swim without a lifeguard present, and be prepared for the worst.
Also, pay close attention at your job orientation.