Four area lifeguards are being called heroes for their intuition and expertise during an emergency at Wellington Aquatics Complex that had nothing to do with the water.
Twice a week youâ€™ll see Christina Martinez supporting her two sons, both members of the dive team.
â€It builds their confidence and it teaches them about competition,â€ said Martinez.
But on Aug. 9 the lifeguards would respond to an emergency out of the water. Her 20-month old daughter was sitting in her lap on the side of the pool while watching her brothers when she had an atypical febrile seizure.
â€I took her over to the shade and then I called 911,â€ Martinez.
But four lifeguards led by Coy Davies, a program coordinator, had already sprung into action. Within a minute-and-a-half of the childâ€™s seizure, the lifeguards were aware and alert to what was happening.
â€Coy brought the baby inside and hooked her into oxygen,â€ said Wellington Aquatics Complex supervisor, Theodore Etter. â€We have a tremendous staff that is trained at the top of the level of life guarding.â€
â€I was so grateful that the seizure happened here because if it didnâ€™t happen here I donâ€™t know what would have happened with her,â€ added Martinez.