LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 15, 2015 – The Los Angeles County Fire Department is saddened to report that this morning at 7:01 a.m., one of our Ocean Lifeguard Specialists Brian Kutil, age 42, tragically passed away. He was a 20-year veteran of the Lifeguard Division and died during our annual 500-meter recertification swim exercise at Mira Costa High School in the City of Manhattan Beach. He was immediately treated by L.A. County lifeguards, along with Manhattan Beach Fire Department paramedics, and transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital. Despite heroic efforts by all involved, he was pronounced dead.
“All of us are shocked by this terrible early morning news,” said Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and his Fire Department family. Please keep everyone in your thoughts as we mourn his tragic loss.”
LACoFD LIFEGUARD DIVISION
Lifeguard Section Chief Chris Linkletter
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
Captain Thomas Richards
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