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Vernon lifeguard recognized for saving lives

Gary Lefebvre (right) presents an award to recipients at the Provincial Lifeguard Championships in 2013. Lefebvre will receive his own honour for saving three lives in March.  - City of Vernon photo
Gary Lefebvre (right) presents an award to recipients at the Provincial Lifeguard Championships in 2013. Lefebvre will receive his own honour for saving three lives in March.
— image credit: City of Vernon photo

A Vernon resident is being acknowledged for his role in saving lives.

Gary Lefebvre, a City of Vernon aquatic supervisor, will receive an honour from the Lifesaving Society of B.C. March 29 for his role in rescuing three canoeists on Kalamalka Lake last summer.

Lefebvre was playing volleyball with family on the beach Aug. 7, 2013, when he heard a faint call for help. He noticed that a trio of canoeists had capsized their vessel, so he and three Vancouver Island-based youth immediately reacted. Only one of the canoeists was wearing a personal flotation device, and none were strong swimmers.

Although the canoeists were all brought safely to shore, they were all frightened and without the intervention of Lefebvre and the three youth, the outcome might have been much worse.

Lefebvre, who has an extensive career in lifeguard competition and training, says he was gratified that his skills could help someone in need.

“It is a privilege to be included in this year’s Honour and Rescue Awards, but anyone can prevent drowning by putting on a lifejacket before stepping in a boat or by signing your kids up for swimming lessons at the local pool,” he said.

 

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