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For A Lifeguard, One Thing Stands Between Order And Chaos

Margaret J. Krauss
90.5 WESA
It’s a standard issue American Red Cross whistle, handy for twirling while thinking or for reigning in rambunctious behavior at the pool. ";

Whistles are essential equipment for a number of jobs: gym teacher, football referee, traffic cop. But the humble whistle is perhaps most at home in the hands of a lifeguard, as Alexxis Turner explained. She was the head guard for Phillips Pool in the City of Pittsburgh.

“Kids don't, they will not take you seriously if you don't use your whistle,” she said. “Sometimes you have to use your whistle and then you have to point so they know: you're talking to them, you mean business.”

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Margaret J. Krauss is WESA's development and transportation reporter. She previously worked for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide reporting initiative that covers problems facing Pennsylvania's cities and possible solutions. Before joining Keystone Crossroads, Margaret produced a 48-part radio series about Pittsburgh's lesser-known history, biking 2,000 miles around the region to do so.