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September 2021 Hero of the Month

Signal 88 Security

Hearing “man overboard” would elicit instant panic in many of us. But not Officer Ben Grantland with Signal 88 #226 Savannah, GA. On September 16 about 10:30 p.m. while on foot patrol at the Savannah Yacht Club, Ben saw two older gentlemen fishing from a pier balcony and a lower dock. “All of a sudden, I see the man on the dock fall face forward into the water. He had suffered a grand mal seizure and fell. His friend jumped off the balcony into the water to help,” Ben recalls of that harrowing night. “My initial instincts kicked in. Thank God, I have proper EMS [emergency medical services] training. I grabbed the life preserver ring, tied a rope to it and threw it into the water to them.”

Immediately Ben called 911 and then rushed to pull the men out of the water. The rescuing friend tried to hold his buddy afloat by his hoodie. Neither knew how to swim. Two other men nearby ran to help Ben lift the fishermen out of the water.

“Shock was already starting to set in and your body pretty much locks up. The legs on the man who had the seizure were bent and locking up like crazy,” Ben explains of the near-death incident.

Once the nearly drowned men were out of the water, Ben hurried to his patrol cart and grabbed a towel he keeps on hand for emergencies. He wrapped the ill man in the towel and covered them both with other dry clothing items. While waiting for EMS to arrive, Ben checked the men for injuries and found several abrasions and lacerations on the man who jumped from the balcony. Fortunately, both men recovered well from the incident and credit Ben for saving their lives.

Ben is well suited for his patrol duties with the Savannah Yacht Club. With its roots tracing back to 1869, the prestigious, family-oriented yacht club stretches along the Intracoastal Waterway. Guarding the extensive property requires keen observation and an ability to interact well with members and guests.  

“Ben does a great job. He’s thorough and conscientious and all the people at the yacht club get along well with him,” #226 Owner Rob Livingston says. “Ben is an all-around good guy and he’s very intelligent. He’s kind of a jack-of-all-trades and has worked at a lot of different properties for us. We’re happy to have him.”

When asked what makes an outstanding officer for Signal 88 security services, Ben succinctly sums up the responsibility of his role. “An outstanding officer is someone who’s alert and does everything they’re asked to do,” Ben explains. “They also need to know how to interact with others.”

Ben certainly checks the boxes on being alert, following orders and interacting well with others in serving as a Signal 88 officer. All of these qualities on the night of September 16 helped Ben rescue the two fishermen.

Perhaps Rob best describes Ben’s heroic actions that night. “A hero is somebody who goes above and beyond,” Rob reflects, “and looks out with a selfless concern for others.”

We salute your selfless concern for others, Officer Ben Grantland. For your quick actions and levelheaded response in saving two lives, you are awarded Signal 88’s September Hero of the Month. Congratulations!

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