highest award presented by USLA to a non-lifeguard is intended
to give due recognition to those who have risked their lives to
an extraordinary degree in a rescue or attempted rescue of another
person (without familial relation to the rescuer). Together, the USLA and CSLSA salute
their bravery, courage, and service to humanity.
2017 Heroic Act Award Recipient:
Scott Huckabey, Senior State Parks Aide, Bolsa Chica State Beach
On January 17, 2017, Senior Park Aide Scott Huckabey observed a surfer floating face down in the 56 degree ocean at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Without rescue equipment or formal training, he pulled the victim to shore and performed CPR (learned in an introductory CPR class provided to park aides in 2016). Soon, State Lifeguards and Huntington Beach Paramedics arrived to continue the resuscitation. At the hospital, it was determined that the surfer suffered a heart attack. After surgery, the victim made a full recovery. For this selfless, voluntary action that resulted in a saved life, the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) honored Scott Huckabey with the Heroic Act award.
2016 Heroic Act Award Recipients:
Lucy Granger and Cameron Granger, Students, Junior Lifeguards, Huntington State Beach
Ben Seigel, City Manager of San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach
Around 6:30pm on October 17, 2015, siblings Lucy (12) and Cameron Granger (14) were exiting the water after a sunset body surf in the Tower 11 area when Cameron heard frantic screaming about 75 yards away from them. He immediately started swimming towards the victims, as Lucy realized what he was doing and re-entered the water to help. Three 14-15 year old females, over 100 yards off-shore, were struggling against a riptide. Cameron reached the first girl and helped her to shore, then went back to help the other two. Lucy had reached the second girl and was helping her back to the beach when Cameron reached the third victim. The 2nd victim grabbed Lucy's arm and shoulder tightly as they were making their way to shore. Lucy assured her that she would make it as she was a Junior Lifeguard. A short while later, Cameron brought the 3rd victim to safety. Both Cameron and Lucy had fins, but did not have a buoy. Chris Egan, head of the Junior Lifeguard program, said that approaching victims who are in extreme distress without a buoy is very hazardous, especially for the relatively small size of the Grangers. For their heroic actions that evening, the CSLSA and USLA selected Lucy and Cameron for the 2016 Heroic Acts award.
On Labor Day, September 9, 2015 in Laguna Beach California, Mr. Ben Seigel observed Shane Brolly in distress off shore at Blue Lagoon Beach during a weekend of extremely large surf, strong rips and lateral currents Mr. Seigel responded to Mr. Brolly, and without lifesaving equipment supported him until relieved by Lifeguard Colloty, who had responded from Victoria Beach. Because of Mr. Seigel quick and decisive actions Mr. Brolly survived the ordeal.
Mr. Ben Seigel, without regard for his own safety, demonstrated the highest level of bravery that day, and selflessly risked his life to save the life of another. For his unselfish actions, the CSLSA and USLA awarded Ben with the Heroic Acts Award, presented to him at the April 7, 2016 Board of Directors meeting in Coronado Beach.
Act Award Recipients
Recipients from California
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