Creating unity through diversity, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division takes pride in having a workforce of many unique people from many different backgrounds, paving the way for other agencies and organizations alike. In Honor of Black History Month, we would like to recognize a few of the courageous leaders that inspired many.
…One Sunday on a trip to California, he spent the afternoon at the beach home of Pat and Peter Lawford at Santa Monica, sitting in his swimming trunks beside the pool, reading a book, but glancing from time to time at the ocean surf. “Dave, look at that surf out there,” he said to [Dave] Powers, who was stretched out beside him. The president returned to the lounge chair beside the pool, picked up his sunglasses and book, and said contentedly, “That was the best swim I’ve had in months.”Dave was silently hoping that the President would be able to resist the urge to plunge into the surf, because the beach was open to the public and crowded with Sunday visitors who would rush upon Kennedy if they spied him heading toward the water.
On January 14, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Lifeguard Division donated a check of $3,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The donation took place at the Lifeguard Administration Building in Manhattan Beach.
The Los Angeles County Surf Lifesaving Association (LACoSLA) competed against over 30 teams and 400 professional lifeguards at the United States Lifesaving Association National Championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from August 9-11, 2018, and brought home bragging rights as the best and the fastest lifeguarding pros around.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division had two extraordinary wins in the competitive relays during the 2018 International Surf Festival, held from August 1-5, and an incredible honor bestowed upon Lifeguard Section Chief Chris Linkletter.
The International Surf Festival hosted its annual kickoff dinner and Medal of Valor awards ceremony on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. These awards recognize lifeguards from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Lifeguard Division who carried out exemplary acts of heroism, on and off duty.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division responded to 477 ocean rescues, 521 medical aids, and 621 emergency vehicle rescues during the heat wave that lasted from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, 2018.