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Mass. recognizes heroic actions by lifeguards

January 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — State officials are honoring young lifeguards who rose to the occasion during emergencies at state beaches and swimming pools last summer.

Gov. Deval Patrick joined the Department of Conservation and Recreation in presenting citations on Tuesday to 33 lifeguards at a Statehouse ceremony.

Many of those honored were involved in dramatic water rescues, while others acted quickly to help save victims on land, including a toddler who was choking on food and in one case a person who had overdosed on drugs.

In 2013, the agency hired 677 lifeguards for its 32 swimming pools, 15 ocean beaches and 25 freshwater beaches in Massachusetts.

Lifeguard applicants must be at least 16 years old, have a Red Cross or YMCA lifeguarding certificate and be trained in CPR.

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