At our National Lifeguarding Championships in Virginia Beach, I was suddenly hit with a moment of clarity that was close to a revelation.

Just like is often the case here in Galveston, there were so many things going on all at once. We had athletes from the junior guard program, U19, open and age group competing. In addition to these incredibly talented athletes from 10 to 70-plus years of age, we had a sponsor appreciation party, numerous events for the athletes, a celebration of life/paddle out ceremony for several lifeguard chiefs who have recently passed away, and we had the privilege of giving out an award to a group of brave U.S. Marines who saved a group of children from drowning.

Peter Davis is chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. The views in this column are Davis’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Beach Patrol, Galveston Park Board of Trustees or any other entity.

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Dave Lang

Chief Davis, you are a gift. My daughter is one of those young people that grew up as a junior guard and then a member of the beach patrol. She is a better person because if this family.

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