A 17-year-old lifeguard from Carlsbad who rescued an Oceanside swimmer in June—hours after being certified as a lifeguard—will be awarded the California State Firefighters’ Association Medal of Valor award this month in Sacramento, an association spokeswoman told Patch.
Jennifer Mahin graduated the California State lifeguard academy in Carlsbad on June 30 and—hours later—came across a swimmer who had fallen off Oceanside’s north jetty into rough waters.
Mahin wasn’t able to pull the swimmer out, but strapped the swimmer to a flotation device Oceanside lifeguards had tossed her. The victim was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
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The commendation is awarded to individuals who voluntarily risk their own lives to an “extraordinary degree” in saving or attempting to save the life of another person.
The association will present Mahin the award at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Sacramento-Capitol Plaza. Tickets are $60.
For information, contact the association at 800-451-2732.