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Did Ellis Go Too Far Firing Lifeguard Trying to Save Drowning Victim? See what others are saying on AI Connect!

Independent Writer, Editor, Social Media Strategist at Gary Thill LLC

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  • July 5, 2012
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  • Wayne Z.


    Wayne Z.

    Aquatics and Professional Training Expert

    It certainly is turning into a PR nightmare. It comes across very heavy handed at best, particularly since news agencies are reporting that other guards are being fired and quitting as they support the fired guard's actions. Perhaps a better course of action would have been to applaud the lifeguard's efforts; then reinforce the liability issue by bringing the focus to the dangers of swimming on unguarded beaches. Instead, by firing the guard, the Ellis has put the focus on liability vs moral obligation; which is an argument that no one every wins. How can we use this incident to bring the focus on the unguarded beach issue and the need layers of protection?

  • Gerald M. D.

    Gerald M.

    Gerald M. D.

    Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue Consultant for Lifesaving Resources, LLC (

    If this beach was operated properly, as with any multiple guard facility, when the lifeguard vacated the stand to respond to the adjacent beach, a cover-up lifeguard should have been available. Therefore, the stand would/should have been covered and there would not be a liability issue.

    Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement agencies operate the same and Mutual Aid is the standard.

    This municipality sacrificed Public Safety to save some money and ended up with egg in their face. These guards were not trained appropriately and certainly were not paid appropriately for the responsibilities they had.

    This lifeguard, and the others who either left or were fired because of this incident should all be applauded for standing by their principles.

    I heard that Ellis was going to use pool guards to replace the beach guards. This story has been in the news for an entire week and this story will continue throughout the season.

    Gerry Dworkin

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