On the afternoon of June 20, 2012, three lifeguards at sprang into action to help save a drowning 16-year-old.
The young man was struggling in the water and slipped below the surface, prompting Nicole Tobin, Craig Shadduck and Matthew Watts pull him to safety, onto a kayak and over to paramedics on land, Mayor Joseph Sullivan said during an award ceremony at on Tuesday.
"If it wasn't for the work of these three young people, that 16-year-old probably wouldn't have made it," Sullivan said. "It was quick action."
Sullivan presented the three Braintree lifeguards with Employee of the Quarter certificates of recognition and also $25 gift certificates to .
"Who knows the multiplier effect... of your actions," Sullivan said.
Recreation Department Director Nelson Chin added that he was proud of the lifeguards: "It was a great job by three good kids."
Tobin is going into her junior year at Boston College, where she is studying International Studies and History. Shadduck and Watts are both criminal justice majors, Shadduck as a rising junior at Bridgewater State University and Watts as a rising senior at Westfield State.