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Turtle to the Rescue
Reported by: Dave Roberts
Omaha, NE -- When a lifeguard jumps in the pool, a "Turtle" follows to help. It sounds odd, but it's the reason a man is alive tonight.
A man named Daniel just finished his laps in the downtown YMCA pool when he passed out. Lucky lifeguard Kenneth Proctor sat in the chair. He jumped into action with an electronic stowaway. Together they made the difference between life and death.
Keeping up with the little swimmers is the biggest challenge Proctor faces most days. But on the rare occasion a life is in danger, this lifeguard takes his title seriously.
"This will be about my fourth rescue in total."
When a swimmer named Daniel passes out, Ken's training as a navy air rescue swimmer and 16 years poolside become instinct.
"Upon gasping for air I noticed the scar on is chest which alerted me towards past problems with his heart and breathing."
As Ken keeps Daniel breathing, this little red companion calls for help.
"This is kind of the hero of the day right here. Without the "Turtle" I would not have been able to give Daniel the attention that I did give him and get the ems within five minutes."
The "Turtle" is a quarter size electronic transmitter activated by water when a life guard takes an emergency plunge.
"With the "Turtle", it actually immediately alerts the offices and the supervisors in the building that way that way I am able to direct all my attention to Daniel and the situation."
Ken and the "Turtle." Together, they save lives.
"I am glad that he is doing well I heard his family is very supportive. They were there automatically and you know they were gracious for what we did. It was just being part of the team."
The Turtle alert system costs 500 dollars. It's installed
at all YMCA pools. For now, Ken is only installed at the downtown "Y."