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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.

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.
    2015 Heroic Act Award Recipient:

  • Gifford Price - Student, Junior Lifeguard, Huntington City Beach
  •        On Monday, October 6, 2014, Gifford Price, an eleven-year-old Huntington Christian School student and Junior Lifeguard, was waiting for the Junior Lifeguard Surf Camp to begin at Huntington State Beach when he was approached by a 16-year-old visitor who told him that his sister was in trouble. Gifford immediately took his surfboard and paddled out to the 14-year-old victim, telling her to grab onto his board. When Gifford was paddling out to the girl, the Surf Camp instructor noticed the struggling victim. John Prichard, a seasonal lifeguard, then began swimming out, reaching the victim who was hanging onto Gifford’s surfboard. He relieved Price and assisted the victim to shore. It was later learned that the 14-year-old girl was a visitor from Arizona, just enjoying the ocean when she was pulled out to sea. She said that she felt that she was going to pass-out just before Gifford arrived. Her brother, who realized she was in trouble saw that the lifeguards were quite a distance away, so looked around and saw Gifford with his surfboard. He knew that time was of the essence. Gifford did not hesitate when approached by the brother. His timely rescue more than likely saved the victim from going under. For that extraordinary action, the CSLSA and USLA awarded Gifford with the Heroic Acts Award, presented to him (with his family present) at the Spring, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Newport Beach on April 9th.     Information provided by GroupHicks.com
  • Mike Becktold - Fire Captain, City of Coronado
  •        On July 7, 2014, Fire Captain Mike Becktold and his crew were among the first responders to a call of a swimmer in distress. In the darkness, Station 36’s firefighters could see a surf of six to eight foot and many rip tides. With no hesitation, Captain Becktold entered the water and provided aid to three people, including a 12-year-old boy. All were brought safely out of the water to the waiting paramedics. For Mike’s selfless and heroic action, the CSLSA and USLA awarded him with the 2015 Heroic Acts Award, presented during the October, 2015 Board of Directors’ meeting in Redondo Beach, CA.

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

      Amy Di Chiro     2008
      Barrera, Richard     2001
      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
      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
      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.