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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)

TITLE: The Life Preserver's Job
By Carol Gray


The Life Preserver’s Job

Summer vacation is finally over, and preparations for the upcoming lifeguard’s training classes have been scheduled. The entire life preserver’s team was nervous because they had experienced a tragic summer there. It was the episode involving a six year old boy that had everyone upset.

While the life preservers stood near by talking among themselves, someone screamed, “He’s drowning, he’s drowning.” It seems like they would have rushed to rescue the little boy, but they didn’t. They were, too, engrossed in their conversation. No, it was a handsome man sitting across the pool that jumped in to rescue the little boy. He didn’t ignore the child, but he immediately began administering CPR on him. Soon the paramedics were pulling into the emergency area. The handsome young man smiled at the paramedics and said, “He’s all right, I administered CPR to him; thank goodness that I remembered how.” He had previously been on staff there as a life preserver. It was the paramedic’s procedure to carry a swimming accident victim to the hospital anyway. When the paramedics arrived at the hospital, questions concerning the lifeguard’s behavior at the swimming pool came up. In the meantime, the life preservers that were carrying on their conversation, ignoring the child’s screams for help, disappeared. That’s right; they went to the local coffee and donut shop.

They asked the waitress for a booth in the rear. Why didn’t they want to be seen? It was obvious that the life preservers were feeling guilty, and they should be. Keep reading this story to find out the interesting conclusion.

It was an elderly couple sitting across from them in the coffee shop who said, “You life preservers ought to be ashamed of yourselves. We could not believe you all did nothing to help that child.” The two life preservers didn’t know what to say. They didn’t think anyone saw them standing there. Those two life preservers had reason to be nervous. They knew that they had not done their job. Anyway, their coffee and donut break was miserable for them. The elderly couple drove the point home to them by saying, “Once a life preserver, all ways a life preserver. They continued to say, “A life preserver’s job is never done.”

The life preserver’s training class began with a meeting. In the meeting were the two life preservers, their manager, the little boy who was drowning, the handsome man who had saved the little boy’s life, and his parent’s. You would have thought that the parents of the little boy would have been angry. Guess what; they weren’t.

Just before the meeting began, the parents of the little boy said, “You know, I’m so glad that we have a life preserver that is on duty 24/7. He is always alert, never too busy to rescue us, and He’s always on time. They asked enthusiastically, “Ladies would you all like for us to introduce you to him?” Their reply was an astounding, “Yes we would.” What a great ending!

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Allison Egley 11/17/06
This is a good message, but I think it could be presented better. Take out "keep reading to find out the exciting conclusion." You shouldn't have to tell your readers to keep reading. They should be so riveted that they would never think of stopping. The same goes for the ending. Don't tell the reader or ask the reader if it was an exciting conclusion. The readers should decide that for themselves.

Over all though, a great message. Keep writing!
Myrna Noyes11/20/06
Thank you for sharing this interesting story! Those lifeguards certainly weren't doing their job, but I'm glad the other man was quick to help the drowning boy! Your story could use a little more polish, but I, too, appreciated your message! :)