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Lifeguards CARRY 95-year-old woman to beach chair when her wheelchair couldn’t move through the sand

Come to the rescue! Alabama lifeguards WEAR 95-year-old woman to her beach chair every day for a week after watching her daughter struggle to push her wheelchair through the sand

  • Dottie Schneider, 95, had been looking forward to her journey from Chandler, Indiana, to Orange Beach, Alabama for months
  • As her daughter Kimberly Waterbury struggled to push her wheelchair through the sand, a lifeguard noticed
  • He drove her across the beach in a quad bike and carried her to a chair
  • Other lifeguards took her there and back for five days, and Kimberly says they never made her mother feel like a ‘burden’
  • The lifeguards also didn’t accept tips and said ‘All we need is to see her smile’


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A 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair had an incredible vacation on the Alabama Gulf Coast thanks to some very helpful lifeguards who took her down from her hotel and carried her to her beach chair.

Dottie Schneider had been looking forward to her journey from Chandler, Indiana to Orange Beach, Alabama for months, but when she and her daughter Kimberly Waterbury arrived at the beach, Kimberly had trouble pushing Dottie’s wheelchair through the sand.

That’s when the lifeguard on duty came to the rescue and offered to drive Dottie a quad across the beach before picking her up and setting her straight into her seat.

Dottie Schneider was visiting Orange Beach, Alabama from her Indiana home and got help with her beach chair from the lifeguards

Dottie Schneider was visiting Orange Beach, Alabama from her Indiana home and got help with her beach chair from the lifeguards

AL.com reports that Kimberly struggled to push her mother’s wheelchair through the sand outside the Holiday Inn Express where they stayed on their first day of vacation.

Shane Martin, the lifeguard on duty at Orange Beach Surf Rescue, noticed their problem and rode a quad bike to offer assistance.

He soon drove her across the sand in the quad bike before picking her up and placing her in a beach chair under an umbrella.

For the next four days, Shane and the other lifeguards continued to pick up Dottie from her hotel, take her to her beach chair, and take her back.

“Our security guards are tasked with helping people when they’re struggling,” said Brett Lesinger, chief of Orange Beach’s beach safety department.

He also said he told Dottie to “scream when the sun was too much.”

When the lifeguards saw Dottie's mom struggling to push her wheelchair into the sand, they gave her a quad ride - picked her up and placed her in her seat

When the lifeguards saw Dottie's mom struggling to push her wheelchair into the sand, they gave her a quad ride - picked her up and placed her in her seat

When the lifeguards saw Dottie’s mom struggling to push her wheelchair into the sand, they gave her a quad ride – picked her up and placed her in her seat

“That was overwhelming,” Kimberly said. “They were loyal. They were there. It made up for my mother’s whole trip.’

Although Kimberly expected her mother to be at the beach for only two or three days, she ended up spending all five days there thanks to the helpful lifeguards.

They also refused to take tips and told the women, “All we need is to look at her smile.”

Kimberly called the experience “magical” and described it as better than Disney World.

“We are forever indebted to the guys at Orange Beach Surf Rescue. They made my mother feel special,’ she said, bursting into tears. “She didn’t feel like she was a burden to anyone.”

Last week Orange Beach Surf Rescue posted about Dottie on Facebook.

“Lifeguards are civil servants and we couldn’t be happier to help provide this service,” they wrote.

“We are forever indebted to the guys at Orange Beach Surf Rescue.  They made my mom feel special,

“We are forever indebted to the guys at Orange Beach Surf Rescue.  They made my mom feel special,

“We are forever indebted to the guys at Orange Beach Surf Rescue. They made my mom feel special,” said Dottie’s daughter

Last week Orange Beach Surf Rescue posted about Dottie on Facebeook.  The post has gone viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments

Last week Orange Beach Surf Rescue posted about Dottie on Facebeook.  The post has gone viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments

Last week Orange Beach Surf Rescue posted about Dottie on Facebeook. The post has gone viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments

‘Madam. Dottie Schneider recently visited us here in Orange Beach at age 95 hoping to enjoy the beach but couldn’t walk the sand alone.

“For a week, lifeguards met Mrs. Dottie and her family every day to help her to her beach chairs and at the end of the day escort her back to the apartment. The family thanked us at the end of the week with a fridge full of food,” they said.

The post has gone viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments.

‘What a beautiful thing these young people have done. Bless them for the happiness they brought to the lady and her family. Thank you for your kindness,” one wrote.

“What a great way to help sweet Miss Dottie enjoy the beach. What great service and showing your compassion! May each of you be blessed as you were a blessing to her!’ wrote another.

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