Lifeguards Carry 95-Year-Old Woman to Beach Every Day of Her Vacation
95-year-old Dottie Schneider went to Orange Beach, Alabama in October for a week-long family vacation. She uses a wheelchair to get around and was unable to walk in the sand on her own — but that did not stop her from getting to the beach for some fun in the sun.
Shane Martin, the lifeguard on duty the first day of Schneider’s vacation, drove up on an all-terrain utility vehicle to ask if the family needed any assistance. Martin helped Schneider into the vehicle and drove as close as possible to where her family was lounging — he carried her the remainder of the way and ensured she was comfortable in her chair.
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“Everyday for one week Lifeguards would meet Ms. Dottie and her family to help assist her down to her beach chairs then at days end escort her back to the condo,” Orange Beach Surf Rescue wrote in an Instagram caption.
“We are forever indebted to the guys with Orange Beach Surf Rescue,” said Kimberly Waterbury, Schneider’s daughter. “They made my mother feel special. She was not made to feel like she was a burden on anybody.”
Waterbury said she made several attempts to tip the lifeguards, but her efforts were politely refused each time. “All the pay we need is watching her smile,” they would say.
Image source: Instagram / @orangebeachsurfrescue