Back in the day, a group of Compo lifeguards kept the beach safe.
Decades later, they’re still saving lives.
Spurred on by Dave Jones — a 1971 Staples High School graduate and longtime lifeguard who battled several cancers, built a community cancer center and started a foundation that gives away money in non-traditional ways — the former guards raised money for Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities.
Honoring the 21-month-old son of Stew Leonard Jr., who drowned in 1989, the organization promotes water safety and awareness.
but the former Compo lifeguards did more than raise a few bucks. On Sunday, they presented the charity with a check for $10,000.
That’s inspiring. And they’ve inspired the current guards to do their part too.
On Sunday — next to the daily quotes posted in the lifeguard shack window, which everyone on the boardwalk stops to read — the 2017 crew posted Stewie the Duck’s water safety rules.
- Swim with an adult
- Always wear a life vest
- Take swim lessons.
(To read Dave Jones’ remarkable back story, click here.)