Four lifeguards

Life-Saving Lifeguards at the West YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center

Featured, In The News, West Boise Y News & Events
July 12, 2022

It is standard to see lifeguards posted throughout the Y to monitor swimmers and guests in the aquatics area. However, community members may not think about how the life-saving training lifeguards go through translates beyond the swimming pool.

On Wednesday, June 22, two people were playing pickleball on Boise Parks and Recreation’s courts at Hobble Creek Park. Suddenly one of the players, Keith Snyder, dropped to his knees in distress. He was suffering from a major cardiac arrest.

Keith’s friend ran to the Y to call for help. While Y front desk staff called 9-1-1 immediately, they also issued an alert notifying trained emergency responders in the building. Four lifeguards sprinted to the pickleball courts and began lifesaving care, which included administering rescue breaths, defibrillation and oxygen.

“The four lifeguards—Kegan Arrington, McKenna Mason, Sage Dodd and Jonathan Sutherland—acted quickly with skill and bravery,” said Scott Swanson, Executive Director of the West Boise YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center. “Our entire team is proud of them and their courageous action.”

Lifeguards and a man saved with CPR
Keith Snyder, center, with the lifeguards who saved his life

When Ada County Paramedics arrived minutes later they were able to continue the life saving measures that were started and transfer Keith to the hospital, where he made a full recovery.

“These four individuals are heroes,” said David Duro, Treasure Valley Family YMCA CEO. “The quick actions and skillful lifesaving measures these four individuals performed—as well as the smooth transition to the rapid responders from Ada County Paramedics—ultimately saved a man’s life.”

Since his full recovery, Keith and his family visited the Y to personally thank the Lifeguards for their brave and swift actions.

Thank you for keeping our Y community safe!