Lifeguards perform a different type of rescue, turn into firefighters for the day

Contributed photo. (Joint Base of San Antonio)

This was a group of lifeguards that indeed saved lives, just not nearly in the way they expected.

Instead of rescuing people from water near a pool, they turned into de facto firefighters back in September 2020.

On the morning of Sept. 20, a group of 12 lifeguards at the Joint Base of San Antonio were cleaning up the pool facility after it closed for the season when they noticed a plume of smoke in a nearby neighborhood, according to a release from the JBSA.

Taking immediate action and channeling their inner Usain Bolt, the group sprinted toward the neighborhood and found a house that was on fire.

Two members of the group, Maiah Kuzan and Dominic Mercado, called 911.


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