Summer tragedy was averted when ten-year-old Mary Extance saved an eight-year-old boy from drowning in Rainbow Lake this week in 1992. After realizing there was no adult around able to help the boy, Mary dove in herself, using a lifeguarding technique she had seen on TV to swim the boy to the dock and to safety, no doubt saving his life.
“Mary said she wishes she could spend her whole summer swimming. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Mary replied emphatically, ‘a lifeguard,’ and made it quite clear that this desire predates her life-saving experience. ‘I always wanted to be a lifeguard.’”