After turbulent beach season, Charlestown lifeguards to be feted at council meeting tonight

After turbulent beach season, Charlestown lifeguards to be feted at council meeting tonight



CHARLESTOWN — The Town Council will honor Charlestown’s summer beach staff Monday night, including several lifeguards involved in a pair of notable lifesaving responses this summer.

Head lifeguard Katherine Vitello and lifeguard Ellie Dunkle took lifesaving measures to resuscitate a woman who had a cardiac arrest Aug. 14 while at Charlestown Town Beach.

The pair responded after learning the woman was suffering from likely cardiac arrest. The two notified rescue personnel and began CPR, then used an automated external defibrillator, or AED, to resuscitate the woman. The two were assisted by lifeguard Kindra Scheer.

Other beach staff members, Charlestown police, the Charlestown Ambulance Corps and the Charlestown Fire Department were also involved in the rescue.

The woman, teacher Joanne Casey, 49, of East Longmeadow, Mass., later expressed public thanks to the lifeguards.

It was the second high-profile rescue for Charlestown’s lifeguard team in a little more than a month.

During the Fourth of July holiday week, head lifeguard Aidan Krantz led a team that rescued a man who suffered a spine fracture while in the ocean at the Sam Ferretti Blue Shutters Beach. She was joined in the rescue by lifeguards Julia Kutcher, Lindsey Towle and Paul Tarasevich.

The above lifeguards and beach managers Bianca DiLemia and Kendra Hamilton will be honored with citations from the council at the start of its regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

DiLernia and Hamilton assisted with the lifeguards’ Aug. 14 rescue of Casey and maintained order at the beach and privacy for her.

Casey also is expected to attend the Monday council meeting.

rblessing@thewesterlysun.com


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