Writer calls lifeguard’s treatment of homeless amputee overzealous
by Tony Medina, Pacific Beach
Published - 01/16/13 - 02:31 PM | 14502 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Letter writer Tony Medina of Pacific Beach is questioning the reaction of a PB lifeguard, who Medina said overreacted during an encounter with this homeless amputee named “John” in front of the lifeguard station on Jan. 4.                                    Courtesy photo by Tony Medina
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On Jan. 4 at 10 a.m., a disabled man named “John” in Pacific Beach with no legs and struggling on crutches had his wheel chair stolen in Pacific Beach. Therefore, he asked me to help him carry his closed six-pack of beer two blocks along the boardwalk.

A lifeguard (who would not give his name) saw us and yelled at me for helping “John” carry his goods. The lifeguard told me to leave or he would give me a ticket (for what? helping a disabled human? The beers were closed in a bag). As a result, the helpless amputee on crutches fell trying to carry his thirst.

There was blood everywhere and the firemen and paramedics had to take “John” to the hospital. I thought lifeguards are supposed to help people and be of service to the public. This lifeguard should be reprimanded for being incompetent and completely unprofessional.

I’ve lived in Pacific Beach for 20 years and have never met a lifeguard so rude, arrogant, selfish, prideful, inconsiderate and completely stupid. The victim had no legs and he was struggling, so helping him (“John” asked me to help him) was a  “no brainer.”

Every single day, people walk on the boardwalk with closed containers of alcohol and don’t get yelled at and/or given a ticket.

I just received the following response from Mr. Andy Lerum [marine safety lieutenant for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department/Lifeguard Services]:

“Mr. Medina,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your concern. The Lifeguard Division of the Fire-Rescue Department hold its employees to high ethical and professional standards. We will investigate your claim thoroughly and take any corrective measures necessary.

If you have any other concerns or information please do not hesitate to call me or email me direct.”

My question: Did this [initial] lifeguard violate any professional code of conduct? Is he liable for the victim’s hospital bill? Can the victim sue him?

Tony Medina

Pacific Beach

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January 20, 2013
question to the lifeguards: would that "intervention" be considered a "preventative" act?

how about swim trunks and a hoodie for a uniform?

lace up police/fireman style boots take a long time to remove in case someone is drowning...
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