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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 senior reporter. She covers development and transportation, and has produced award-winning podcasts on housing, work, and Pittsburgh’s lesser-known history. Before joining the newsroom full time, she covered the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities as a statewide reporter, and spent another life as an assistant editor for National Geographic Kids Magazine in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at mkrauss@wesa.fm.