Lifeguards Andrew Minkin, Jalina Ray, and Jennifer Seigel were honored in a ceremony on Thursday, August 14,2014 to acknowledge the saving of an 8- year- old boy in a pool at the Baltimore Jewish Community Center (JCC).
Andrew Minkin, a 17- year old senior at McDonogh is completing his third season as a lifeguard at the Baltimore Jewish Community Center. Jalina Ray is a 20-year-old from Randallstown who graduated from Western High School and is currently a sophomore in Veterinary Science at Tuskegee University. This is her fifth season as a JCC Swim Instructor and Lifeguard. Jennifer Seigel is an 18-year old from Lutherville who just graduated from Dulaney High School and will be attending Penn State in the fall. This is her third season as a JCC Swim Instructor and Lifeguard.
These three lifeguards were called into action when a 8-year old boy, wearing a mask and snorkel, started moving erratically under the water in the pool they were overseing. 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 young boy was taken to the hospital and it was later determined that water had gotten into his snorkel, leading him to have an asthma attack under water. The boy started inhaling water and lost consciousness. Since the incident the boy has made a full recovery. He is still a member of the JCC and continues to participate in the aquatics programs.
These three lifeguards knew exactly how to handle this situation, and did so with ease due to their American Red Cross training.