Broken Arrow hiring lifeguards for the summer

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Updated: 6/11/2013 10:25 am Published: 6/10/2013 4:01 pm

The City of Broken Arrow needs to find enough lifeguards to keep its pools operational throughout the summer.

The city is hoping to add at least 10 more lifeguards this summer, and it pays at least $9 an hour.

Currently, there are 44 lifeguards manning these pools but officials hope to get that number up to 54.

Garrett Lyons has worked here for three years now. He loves his job, but most of all, he feels like he is making a difference in the city that he loves.

"It gives you the chance to really impact the community and I get to save lives," he said.

But it's not all fun in the sun. Just a few days ago his skills were put to the test.

"We had a girl go passive in the water. A lifeguard slid into the water and got her out and she wasn't breathing," he said.

As they started CPR, she woke up and coughed up a bunch of water.

When he goes into rescue mode, his training kicks in, but he said it's after that when it can take an emotional toll.

"It can stress you out a little bit outside of the work place but it's not too bad," he said.

Overall, he recommends taking the plunge to be a part of this team, and so does his boss.

"They do have to have their current Red Cross certification and their current CPR and they also have to be 16 or older," said Claudia Yager with the City of Broken Arrow.

Officials say summer vacations also make it important for them to hire more lifeguards.

"Lifeguards aren't asking off yet and as the season goes on they need off for vacations and they have camps they go to and they we start getting very shorthanded," said Yager.

The city hopes to leave at least one pool open until Labor Day; the other two will close when the lifeguards go back to school.

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