By: Battalion Chief Kenny Wolfrey
Battalion 4, A-Shift
On May 29, 2017, Reuben Bosompem was working as a lifeguard at a local pool in Annandale. While on duty, Reuben was watching a group of people playing in the pool. He noticed one person was struggling, indicated by his head bobbing up and down in the water and arms flailing above the water.
Realizing the individual required immediate rescue, Reuben dove into the pool from the lifeguard stand and rescued him. Once the person was on the pool deck, Reuben provided necessary care to ensure his survival while other lifeguards called 9-1-1. He continued care until the individual was transferred to the arriving firefighters and paramedics.
Reuben’s immediate response to the individual in distress resulted in saving his life. Although lifeguards train to respond to these types of emergencies, rarely are they called to duty. Reuben acted without hesitation resulting in a saved life.
Recently, Reuben stopped by Fire Station 8, Annandale, and was presented with a Lifesaving Award from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for saving a life.