Lifeguard saves girl at pool party
Published 10:10 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Logan Damoth, 17, has been a lifeguard at the Selma-Dallas County YMCA for little over a year. However, she ended up using her skills to save a life not at the Y but at a private birthday party.
On May 7, Damoth acted fast to save an 8-year-old girl from drowning after she was pushed in while posing for a photo next to the deep end of the pool.
“One of the little boys pushed her in, and I guess he didn’t know that she couldn’t swim,” Damoth said. “Somebody said she was drowning so I jumped in [and] got her.”
Damoth’s mother, Michelle Treherne, said she is proud of her daughter’s quick actions.
“I’m overjoyed that we didn’t have a drowning victim, that she was able to rescue her,” Treherne said. “She slung her sunglasses off, threw her phone across the sidewalk of the pool [and] took off. She dove right in and got the little girl.”
Damoth said although the experience was a little scary, it didn’t stop the young girl from enjoying the party.
“We got her out of the water and she got right back into the shallow end,” Damoth said.
Since then, the local YMCA shared a brief about Damoth saving the girl and has gotten attention from the national organization’s main Facebook page.
“I honestly didn’t feel like it was that big of a deal because our lifeguards have saved people here before and they didn’t get publicity like that,” Damoth said. “But it feels nice and it was great to know that I was there to save her.”
Selma-Dallas County YMCA executive director Ann Murray said she is proud of Damoth for serving the community both on and off the clock.
“We are so happy,” Murray said. “We’re proud that she did that anywhere. She’s a faithful employee.”
Damoth earned her certification at the YMCA, and each month the lifeguards do training to keep them refreshed and on their toes.
Since saving the girl, Damoth said she has become more alert while working.
“I’m always glad when I go to other swimming pools and I see lifeguards who are really diligent like Logan,” Murray said.