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The 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
  •        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.
  • Ben Seigel, City Manager of San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach
  •        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.

    USLA Heroic Act Award Recipients
         Recipients from California
          For a complete U.S. listing, CLICK HERE.

      Amy Di Chiro     2008
      Barrera, Richard     2001
      Becktold, Mike     2015
      Brave, Dick     1999
      Brown, Brian     2010
      Butterfield, Royce     2013
      Castillo, Phil     2012
      Cherry, Scot     1997
      Dalton, Charity     1994
      Dalton, John     1998
      Davis, Alex     2011
      Foster, Logan     2012
      Granger, Cameron & Lucy     2016
      Hodson, Tad     1997
      Hoffman, Ryan     2010
      Huckabey, Scott     2017
      Kitmetto, Kiyo     1993
      Kruger, Blair     1997
      Linnen, Chuck     1994
      Lothian, Mackenzie     2005
      McFadden, David     1994
      O'Hara, John     1998
      Pena, Joseph     1990
      Pletch, Theresa     1990
      Price, Gifford     2015
      Reeves, Conner     2014
      Richards, Kevin     1990
      Rogers, Robert     1993
      Schwary, Brian     1994
      Shenbaum, Dave     2013
      Siegel, Ben     2016
      Spheeris, Linda     1993
      Starky, Sean     2010
      Strickland, Brian     1997
      Sullivan, Terrance     1998
      Watson, Patrick and Danny     2014
      Weck, Roger     1997
      White, Kyle     2001
      Willis, Robert     1997
      Wright, Greg     2009

                 Heroic Acts Application form

                 Heroic Acts Policy/Procedure, including criteria required.