It’s clear that the job of a security guard has a certain amount of risk. Proactively protecting people and property means you will at one time or another run up against those who are not behaving appropriately. When that happens, security guards act to protect others and the property to which they are assigned.
That’s why it is sad when the news media runs stories about security guards that show them in a bad light. Are there guards that misbehave? Sure, just as there are employees in every industry that behave badly.
But right now, guards are receiving some unfair negative attention from the media. This is happening because the media is reacting to the misplaced negative feelings about police from some sectors of the society. These feelings are spilling over to the security industry because of our pseudo-law-enforcement role.
Today, the security industry has never been stronger. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 1,077,500 security guards working in the U.S. Of that number, only a handful of officers are having negative headlines written about them.
In addition, guards are performing acts of heroism. Here are just a few examples from 2015.
Recently security guard Cory Lapp saved the life of a Buffalo racetrack customer after the man experienced a heart attack.
In Virginia, J.J. Williams, a mall security guard, saved a baby’s life by providing life CPR after she quit breathing.
Thomas Elio, a campus security guard, performed the Heimlich maneuver on a student who choking, saving his life.
In addition, within the last year, two security guards gave their lives to save others.
On New Year’s Eve 2014, security officer Richard Williamson sacrificed his life to save a number of teens and families at a Southern California roller rink. This man gave his life to keep others safe!
In February, San Jose security guard Manuel Alvarez Zuniga saved his co-worker’s life by stepping in front of him when shots were fired in their direction after a store robbery. Zuniga was killed.
The security industry typically attracts veterans, firefighters, former police officers and paramedics. These are individuals who are accustomed to helping others. It’s no wonder, then, that when you dig a little deeper, you find stories such as these
The security guards at American Security Force do not have similar stories. They are highly trained officers who carry out their jobs as professionals, handling every type of security scenario assigned to them.
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