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          CSLSA Medal of Valor Award

In 2016, CSLSA created a medal for their own Medal of Valor award (MOV), the highest award given to a lifeguard who voluntarily risked his/her life in an extraordinary effort to save a life. Recipients are honored at a CSLSA Board of Directors meeting and given both a medal and certificate of heroism.

  2017 Recipients

      David Wilson, Oceanside
      John Bahl, San Diego
      Chris Ingalls, San Diego
  David Wilson - A jet ski driver was thrown off and pinned waist deep among the jetty's rocks. Lifeguard Wilson used his body to shield the victim from the pounding surf and possible drowning until help could arrive. Wilson sustained injuries, but saved a life.

John Bahl and Chris Ingalls - A vessel capsized in 10-12 foot surf, throwing 5 occupants into the churning water. Lifeguards Bahl and Ingalls rescued 4 of the victims in complete darkness, but could not find the 5th, who tragically did not survive. Bahl and Ingalls made successful rescues in conditions that threatened their own lives.
  Past Recipients
    Ben Carlson Newport Beach 2016      Posthumous

CSLSA Heroic Act Award

Both the USLA and CSLSA honor non-lifeguard citizens with the Heroic Acts award for rescues or attempted rescues that put their own lives in danger. The recipient and his/her family are invited to a CSLSA Board of Directors meeting to receive a collective thank you and a certificate of heroism.

  2017 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, Scott Huckabey was honored with the CSLSA Heroic Act award at the Fall 2017 Board of Directors meeting.

  Past Recipients  
  CLICK HERE to see past recipients (scroll down pg)

A special 'thank you' to Duke's Restaurants of California for sponsoring the CSLSA Medal of Valor.