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The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Honors Three Lifeguards

CONTACT: Brittany Fowler
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Brittany.fowler@redcross.org

The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Honors Three Lifeguards
Ceremony Will Recognize Lifeguards from the Baltimore Jewish Community Center

WHAT:  Lifeguards Andrew Minkin, Jalina Ray, and Jennifer Seigel will be honored by the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region in a ceremony for saving the life of an 8 year old boy at the Baltimore Jewish Community Center (JCC) this summer.
 
The boy was swimming in the JCC pool wearing a mask and snorkel when he started moving erratically under the water. Lifeguard Jalina Ray noticed the child and called over fellow lifeguard Andrew Minkin. Realizing the boy was in danger, Andrew pulled the boy to safety. Jalina activated the Emergency Action Plan while Andrew began a preliminary assessment. Another lifeguard, Jennifer Seigel, who was working the Aquatics camp, ran to provide assistance. At this point the boy was not breathing on his own. After the recue breaths were given, the boy began to vomit and the lifeguards turned him on his side to clear his airway. The team notified EMS and administered emergency oxygen until the EMS arrived. 
 
The boy was taken to the hospital and it was later determined that water had gotten into the snorkel, leading to an asthma attack in the water. While attempting to get a breath the boy took off the snorkel underwater, inhaled more water, and lost consciousness.

Each Lifeguard will receive a certificate and a pin celebrating their lifesaving skills.

WHEN:     Thursday August 14, 2014
                2:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Library (Beit Midrash) 
                Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center
                3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
                Owings Mills, MD 21117
                 
About the American Red Cross Chesapeake Region (www.redcross.org/chesapeake):
On average the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides help to Maryland families two to three times each day after disasters including emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information or to donate, please visit RedCross.org/Chesapeake or Tweet us @RedCrossMD.

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