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June 20, 2012

Crowd descends on Clinton's pool

Swimmers get to see planned drill in which lifeguards’ skills are put to test

CLINTON — Two men Tuesday jokingly push one another around on the edge of Riverview Pool. One man shoves the other with a harder than expected impact.

The other falls into the pool, knocking his head on the way down. The pool is cleared. Lifeguards dash to stabilize the man. Within minutes, emergency crews respond to the scene.  

The process is concise, just as Clinton Recreation Director Gregg Obren planned it.

The scene was the annual emergency drill held at the pool.

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Lifeguards were told what day the drill would be happening, but were not told what time or who would need to be saved. The public was entirely unaware.

Lifeguards had to clear the area and stabilize the “victim” after he sustained the head injury. Emergency personnel, who were told it was only a drill, were then called to handle the situation.

The two men, Luke Kelley and Drew Jacobi, are lifeguards at the DeWitt Aquatic Center.  

The manager of the center, Penny Jacobi, watched the drill unfold and said she was impressed with how it ran.

While Obren said there were minor improvements that could be made, such as turning off the water running from the slides and crowd control, the drill went very well.  

Obren said Tuesday more than 500 people came to the pool to escape the more than 90 degree temperatures.

“During the drill the public sees what happens if there’s an emergency,” Obren said.  

Shortly after the drill, pool patrons made their way back to the water and away from the scorching heat.

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