Lifeguard Helps Elderly Woman Dip Her Toes in the Gulf
In August, an elderly woman visiting Pensacola Beach told a bystander that she hadn't been able to dip her toes in the Gulf of Mexico since her first visit to Pensacola Beach during her high school senior trip. "All I want to do is put my feet in the water one more time," she said. The bystander, Shelia Hall Templeton, requested assistance from Pensacola Beach Lifeguard Alex Hernandez, who helped walk her down to the water.
Templeton shared the heartwarming story on the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook page:
"As she was telling me this, she began to break down and cry," she wrote. "I told her not to cry, that we would get her out to the water somehow." She said Hernandez put his arm around the elderly woman's arm and stayed by her side as they slowly made their way to the water, with her husband taking her other arm. "When she got tired, she sat down on the seat of her walker," she wrote. "The young man still stood with her.....he never left her side."
Thanks to help from a Pensacola Beach Lifeguard and kindhearted bystanders, the woman was able to fulfill her dream of dipping her toes in the Gulf of Mexico.