For Immediate Release - January 07, 2014

Governor Patrick Honors 33 DCR Lifeguards from Across the Commonwealth

2013 DCR Lifeguard Awards

Governor Patrick, EEA Secretary Rick Sullivan and DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, honor DCR lifeguards for bravery shown during the 2013 season in the Press Briefing Room at the State House. (Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office)

BOSTON – Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today honored 33 lifeguards at the State House for their exceptional service during emergencies at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) swimming facilities during the summer of 2013.

“These lifeguards’ outstanding efforts to keep our people safe deserve special recognition,” said Governor Patrick. “I hope today serves as a fitting expression of how thankful we are for the work lifeguards do to keep our beaches and pools safe.”

During the 2013 summer recreation season, DCR lifeguards performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and lifesaving resuscitation on seven individuals at five swimming locations.  DCR lifeguards also saved a potential drowning victim with a spinal/neck injury on Spectacle Island. 

“As a former lifeguard, I understand the challenges these lifeguards face every day,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “Whether it’s your first day on the job or the last day of summer, you never know when your training will be called into action to help save someone’s life. The work that DCR’s Aquatics Division provides to train these lifeguards has been critically important to the success this year and I applaud their efforts.”

DCR’s Aquatics Division oversees the recruitment, hiring and training of DCR’s lifeguards. In 2013, DCR hired 677 lifeguards who collectively staffed 32 swimming pools, 15 ocean beaches and 25 inland beaches across the Commonwealth. The minimum age to become a DCR lifeguard is 16 years old. Applicants must have a Red Cross or YMCA lifeguarding certificate as well as a CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator certificate for the Professional Rescuer from the Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

“I congratulate all of our Aquatics Staff for their great work during the 2013 season,” said DCR Commissioner Jack Murray. “Our successful 2013 season was a collaborative effort and I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of DCR’s Aquatics team.”  

The lifeguards honored for their lifesaving work are:

Domenique Riviera, Lowell
Ben Vaccaro, Reading
Elena Drews, Wayland
Joseph Ford, Woburn
Noelia Aquino, Lowell
Kayla Quinn, Newton
Domenic Russo, Chelmsford
Liam Mackin, Acton
Maria Russo, Chelmsford
Penelope Jungreis, Newton
Eleanor Moore, Wayland
Sarah Vigneau, Millbury
Hannah Owen, Sutton
Michael Griffin, Sutton
Quintessa Smythe, Sutton
Drew Osik, Shrewsbury
Alicia Lazenby, Webster
Guy Vigneau, Millbury
Thomas Drews, Wayland
Elena Drews, Wayland
Keandra Cruz, Lowell
Daniel Hansen, Lunenburg 
Savannah Champagne, Lunenburg
Brian Nelson, Saugus
Daveth Cheth, Lynn
Tayla Damon, Malden
Jessica Santiago, Revere
Warren Sharpp, Boston
Yuulvens St. Cyr, Boston  
Cristian Mojica, Boston
Marcus Mattier, Boston
Talal Jabber, Roslindale
Corey Schiller, Roslindale