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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bragging Rights...

(That's my boy! )

Below is the article written and sent to everyone at the city of San Diego rescue departments! Chad is quite the guard and we are so proud! I know this braggin stuff is so "June" but I cant help myself. I am one proud Momma!
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Chad Carter, Mike Gilmore, Juan Gonzalez, Jeff Hatfield, and Patrick Malloy, Lifeguard Services Five of our City Lifeguards are in the spotlight for an amazing rescue, the second mass rescue of the day, made in the early evening of Saturday, May 16th. The rescue as described by their Lifeguard Sergeant follows: At approximately 1950 hours (7.50 p.m.) on May 16th, a group of six people walked straight into one of San Diego's most dangerous rip currents. The location was on the South side of the Little Rock Jetty at Ocean Beach. The group was instantly swept out and were actively drowning. Juan Gonzalez was in the main tower and spotted the rescue. The sun was setting and the Guards were going off duty in ten minutes. Juan is one of our most experienced and disciplined Lifeguards. His years of service and experience allowed him to immediately recognize the gravity of the situation and react appropriately. He alerted the downstairs Guards who were cleaning and parking trucks. Juan was able to convey the urgency of the situation by calling for "all Guards in at Little Rock." He also informed Lifeguard dispatch and requested a surf boat to respond code three. Lifeguard II Jeff Hatfield was working as the OCA sergeant. LG II Mike Gilmore, LG I Patrick Malloy and LG I Chad Carter were also on duty. The four Guards tore off their clothes and jumped into two trucks. The victims were swept out to the end of the jetty by the time Lifeguards drove the short distance. Two of the victims were clinging to the rocks while the others were struggling to stay afloat. All four Lifeguards entered the water to effect the rescue. They were able to get the most critical victims on the rescue boards and get them to the beach for evaluation. After being treated for exhaustion all the victims were released. Had this incident happened ten minutes later or had Juan and the OB crew not acted as consummate professionals there would have been a major tragedy. The Guards involved completed their jobs with no fanfare. It was another day on the job and a rescue that may make it into their top ten. Congratulations to all of these Lifeguards for their quick, lifesaving actions and thank you for all you do to serve the community every day!

4 comments:

G & H said...

Yeah Chad! And you are a mama so you will always have bragging rights for your boys no matter how old they are! Thats what makes you such a beautiful person!

Cougarnana said...

Just another day of saving lives!! WOW, how cool is that!! Great Job Chad and way to make your mom proud! Karen, I've been racking (sp.?) my brain trying to come up with a time that we could all get together (maybe for lunch) while we are staying at Newport in June. So far I haven't been able to come up with a day when all the girls are available at the same time but I'll keep working on it. What's your schedule like the week of June 12-19th? Maybe we can come to Temecula and you can take us to some fancy/dancy place there to eat. I think it would be really fun!

a s h l y n . c a r t e r said...

i'm a proud sis.

G & H said...

how did you add " You might like these stories?" to the blog:)