Lifeguards Carry Woman, 95, To Beach Every Day During Her Vacation

October 28, 2021

Lifeguards in Alabama are being praised for carrying a 95-year-old woman to her beach chair every day while she was on vacation.

lifeguard carries older woman to beach every day
Dottie Schneider / Orange beach Surf Rescue

Kimberly Waterbury, and her 95-year-old mother, Dottie Schneider, from Indiana, traveled to Alabama's beautiful Orange Beach this October for a week-long vacation.

Dottie uses a wheelchair and cannot walk in the sand. Her family was struggling to get her from their condo to their beach chairs.

That's when Shane Martin, the lifeguard on duty, pulled up on an all-terrain utility vehicle and asked if the family needed assistance.

Shane helped Dottie into the vehicle and drove her close to where her family's lounge chairs and umbrella were waiting.

He carried her the rest of the way and gently placed her onto the chair, making sure she was comfortable.

lifeguard carries older woman to beach every day
Orange beach Surf Rescue

Every day for one week, Orange Beach lifeguards met Dottie and her family to help assist her down to her beach chairs.

Then at days end they escorted her back to her condo.

"We are forever indebted to the guys with Orange Beach Surf Rescue," Waterbury told "They made my mother feel special. She was not made to feel like she was a burden on anybody."

Despite numerous attempts to tip the lifeguards, Waterbury said her offers were politely refused every time.

"All the pay we need is watching her smile," they would say.

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