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“The Guardian” is a powerful movie depicting the life and risks of Search and Rescue teams. A trainee is intent on breaking the swim records and rescue stats of the legendary Master-chief Ben Randall (Kevin Costner). Ben laments quietly to himself “records” because young Jake Fischer is missing the real focus – saving lives. At the end of Ben’s career, he and Jake had developed a deep and powerful relationship. As Ben was leaving, Jake pressed him as he had several times, “I need to know. What’s your final number?” regarding the number of saves Ben had. Ben answered, “Twenty-two.” Jake was shocked at so few people saved.

“I lost twenty-two Jake. That’s the only number I kept track of.”


The counter to pride is humility.