Monday, June 27, 2016

Mike Peoples: American Hero

Dateline: Sunday afternoon along Santa Monica South at Lifeguard Tower #28.  Doubled up with two Ocean Lifeguards, namely, veteran LACo OL/Ph.d, Mike Peoples, and veteran LACo OL/Paramedic, Nick Sullivan... These are their stories.....

a significant SSW swell is still pumping out waves, lateral currents and rip currents in its fourth consecutive day along the coast of Southern California..... and Santa Monica South is no exception...

... and then observing two young female swimmers bobbing along with the lateral current and in danger of being swept out by a rip current, OL Mike Peoples makes his way to the water... preceded by OL Nick Sullivan in the red jacket with hoodie...

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SMS Tower 28: Rips & Lateral Currents

OL Peoples returns to shore in the photo below...

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Mike Peoples, American Hero: The Video

Toweling off and still smiling, Mike Peoples on the ramp of his tower with OL Chris Monahan (Ret.), now a full time attorney who was at the beach with his wife and family.


p.s./postscript: Mike Peoples: American Hero The Prequel

Check out this article from Feb. 1995 in the L.A. Times about an off duty rescue Mike made in the ocean off Ventura County while on a bike ride!  Many Thanks to Zuma OL, Brad Heinrich, for mentioning this to us.



Until next time.....

"County Recurrent" News

(All photos and videos by & Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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