Lifeguards Honored For Saving Man's Life
Brianna and Inez both excelled in every hour of the rigorous 16-week NYC lifeguard training program. Neither the 40 hours of CPR and first aid courses nor the 300-yard open water qualifying swim deterred these exemplary lifeguards from pursuing their careers. Their tireless efforts to better themselves and their workplace make them particularly distinguished among the 1,500 lifeguards employed in NYC Parks.
Brianna and Inez both work in the Brighton Beach section of Coney Island. They are responsible for monitoring the ocean to safeguard the public and rescue bathers in distress. On July 19, their commendable skill and passion for lifeguarding were called upon. Brianna observed two patrons assisting an unconscious man out of the water in Bay 7 of the Brighton Beach section of Coney Island at around 2:00 p.m. Brianna immediately sprung into action. She signaled that a water case was occurring and entered the water to aid the victim. After assessment and realizing that the victim had no pulse, Brianna and Inez immediately began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). After three cycles of CPR, the victim regained a pulse and was provided with oxygen to assist with respiration. The then-unidentified man was rushed to Coney Island Hospital by EMS, where he recovered. Recently, that individual, who we now know as Dmitry Zhalkevich, returned to the beach to thank the two women for the ultimate gift of saving his life.
Brianna and Inez’s dedication to their work and their charismatic personalities are what make them such great people to work with here at Parks.
For their life-saving heroism, Brianna and Inez were nominated by First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.
“When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.”
(1882 - 1974)