Life­guards cool in sta­dium cri­sis

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By KRISTIE LIM

FOUR life­guards from Mt Clare­mont re­ceived gold crosses for their act of brav­ery in an emer­gency at the Royal Life Sav­ing Brav­ery Awards 2016 on Wed­nes­day.

In June, a VenuesWest con­tract worker fell through the roof at HBF Sta­dium and landed in the lower con­course of the re­cep­tion.

Sam Stacy, Erica Irvine, So­phie Pugs­ley and Josh Zekulich acted quickly and ad­min­is­tered first aid, called for the am­bu­lance and cre­ated pri­vacy un­til the paramedics ar­rived and took the man to hos­pi­tal.

The man later passed away.

Mr Stacy said it was a tragic event but it was an hon­our to be recog­nised for the team’s ef­forts.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence gave me fur­ther con­fi­dence in my abil­i­ties as a life­guard when faced with pres­sure sit­u­a­tions and un­pre­dictable cir­cum­stances,” he said.

Ms Irvine said she ap­pre­ci­ated work­ing along­side a ded­i­cated and coura­geous team but she en­deav­oured to be the best pos­si­ble life­guard ev­ery day.

“Many sit­u­a­tions dur­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence have in­spired me to en­sure not only my­self but our en­tire life­guard team is pre­pared for the call of duty when it arises,” she said.

Mr Zekulich said the ex­pe­ri­ence in­spired him to be­come a bet­ter life­saver.

“It high­lighted to me the ex­tent of things we may have to deal with at the pool and in­spired me to go out­side my com­fort zone in learn­ing to cre­ate a much more well-rounded knowl­edge of emer­gency pro­ce­dures and pro­cesses at the pool,” he said.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d460555

Life­guards and brav­ery award re­cip­i­ents Erica Irvine, Sa­muel Stacy and So­phie Pugs­ley.

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