Sunday, August 31, 2008

J.D. Moryl's Last Day !

Dateline, Los Angeles, Calif., August 31, 2008:

Rumor has it that today is Section Chief J.D. Moryl's last official day as a lifeguard!

In recognition thereof and on behalf of COUNTY RECURRENT News:

BEST WISHES to J.D. whose swan song is being played, instrumentals only, of course, today, along the beaches and canals of Venice, Calif, and nearby Culver City. LACO will never be the same.

CONGRATULATIONS, J.D., on your retirement and reinvigorated musical career !

Finally, for the man who declared he would never swim a lap again upon retirement, I look forward to seeing your increasing waist line !

Happy Trails,

Will Maguire
August 31, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008


Dateline: August 29, 2008

COUNTY RECURRENT is playing catch-up on a couple of items in this posting:

1. Above, Bruce Morgan receiving the LACOLA "Bronze Savage" award from LACOLA Past President, Capt. Erik Alberston, as a special presentation at the conclusion of the LACOLA General Meeting last nite, 08.28.08

2. Above, Bruce with Recurrent Rep. Arthur Verge (left) and Capt. Pat Jones (center) with Bruce hefting that 40 lb. beast, the "Bronze Savage". Bruce began his lifeguard career in 1975 and retired this past May 2008, during which time he worked in excess of 4,000 days "ON THE BEACH", on the front lines, principally in Central Section, making rescues and preventions and the rest that comes with the responsibilities of an L.A. County Ocean Lifeguard. When working on Santa Monica North, Bruce especially relished, as well as savored the additional role of playing the Goodwill Ambassador to the many tourists who frequent the beach just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

3. Below, is the Norton Wisdom painting, "dory-bottle-whale", which Norton painted in tribute for Jake at Jake's recent retirement party.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bruce Morgan To Receive BRONZE SAVAGE !

Dateline: Central Section (Woo Hoooooo !!!)

RE: Recently Retired Recurrent, Bruce Morgan, is to receive LACOLA's prestigious and auspicious BRONZE SAVAGE award on Thurs., August 28th at the annual LACOLA General Meeting. Here are the details as to venue and time:

"This years General Membership Meeting will be held August 28th at 8pm with drinks and food available at 7:30pm.

Location is:
On The Waterfront Cafe
205 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291"

We anticipate that the award will be presented sometime after 8 pm and before the general meeting b.s...


Inclusively yours,

Will Maguire,
on behalf of COUNTY RECURRENT News

Sunday, August 24, 2008

'08 Rating Year Countdown...

August 31, 2008 is just a week away. Do you have your days in yet ?...

How About Some Photos ?

Recognize these seasoned veterans ???

Life Achievement Award Winner (2005) and retired recurrent lifeguard, Hal Dunnigan, with Medal of Valor winner and Lifeguard/Paramedic, Joel Gitelson


County Lifeguard Will Douglass and retired recurrent and Culver City Fire Captain, Bill Bischoff

Can you name the rest of these guards on and off duty ?

COUNTY RECURRENT asks: Are you "in the loop"?


A. That has a GREAT menu of Upcoming Events listed on its public website at:

note: to current/active lifeguards, be sure to log in from time to time at to keep your status and email current with the Dept.

*** Head's Up to New Recruits ***
The Deadline for submitting an application for this September's Rookie Swim Test is August 29, 2008. Get the details at:

note: The Rookie-Recruit Swim Test is scheduled for: September 27, 2008.

B. that if you are Alumni, you have a terrific resource for alumni related events, email postings and a virtual potpourri of photos. If you are alumni, please contact Nick Steers (Ret. Captain, Zuma) at:

C. That the LACOLA website will keep you posted on recent lifeguards in the news, as well as other relevant information at:

If you have not seen it yet, you will want to 'click' on the link in the left hand menu bar on the homepage to "LACO Lifeguards in the News" to read about your lifeguard colleagues in action.

In addition, the same admonition applies to the LACOLA website as with, e.g., active lifeguards (aka LACOLA Members) need to be registered so that they can access the member pages. As stated at

"LACOLA Members! Please read!
If you are a LACOLA member and you are viewing the website but have not registered, you are missing out on vital information. Half of the website is for members that have registered and LACOLA sends out information sometimes that is only sent via email or may be time sensitive in nature. If you have not registered you will not get this information!"

D. That Lifeguard Division publishes a great deal of information online at its own LIFEGUARD DIVISION website at:

(i) For example, if you have not seen the Dept's Photo Gallery, check it out at:

(ii) Also, check out the "Related Links" page at:

That's it for now.

On behalf of COUNTY RECURRENT, you are now IN THE LOOP !

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

JAKE Retires ! ZUMA Weeps !

Dateline: Zuma Beach, August 20, 2008

It has come to pass: Capt. Jim "JAKE" Jacobson has officially retired. Jake was roasted and toasted last nite at an epic "Who's Who" of Retirement parties attended by multiple past Chiefs, current Chiefs, future Chiefs, Captains Galore, permanents, recurrents, family and friends. Not to mention, celebrities and VIP's, members of the media, etc. et al. Hollywood was represented by Baywatch creator and Exec. Producer, Greg Bonann. Even "ZUMA JAY" was there nattily attired and sporting a JAKE "JJ" Jacobson sticker ! And last but certainly not least, Performance Art by Famed Berlin Wall Artist and Retired LACO Beach Lifeguard, Norton Wisdom accompanied by Lifeguard Musician/Guitarist, Tom "ZUMA" Barnett!

If you would like to see photos of this event, stay tuned for approaching articles to appear in both the Malibu Surfside News and Malibu Times next week.

In addition, photos taken by the undersigned can be seen at the following photo website:

KODAK Gallery album

Subject: Jake's Retirement Party (aka, "Will's Slideshow")

Finally, the Malibu Surfside News featured Jake and Dale in their famed dory shot from the early 1980's on the cover of their August 19, 2008 Commemorative Issue.

Inclusively yours,

Will Maguire,

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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