Sunday, October 30, 2016

Baywatch The Movie, Starring Dave Kastigar and Bill White

Dateline: Ave 23, Venice Beach, Sunday morning, October 30, 2016... we discovered from an anonymous source that the in production feature film BAYWATCH: THE MOVIE starring the The Rock was shooting 2nd unit shots today and as we approached Ave 23, who do we see but on duty LACo Lifeguards, OLS Dave Kastigar and OL Bill White!  These are their stories...

Below, OL Bill White practicing his lines for the scene with The Rock!...

Uh oh... I think Bill sees me with my Nikon D5200 with the long lens...  I guess I am just going to have to raise the bar a bit higher.....  :-)

Second Unit ATV below, standing by...

... and then we took a swim and split.....


Until next time.....

"County Recurrent" News

(All photos by & Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

PLF Lifetime Achievement Award: Harold Dunnigan; Sat. Nov. 12, 2016 at 6 pm

Atten Hut! At ease…


Begin forwarded message:

From: Gregory Bonann
Subject: Professional Lifeguard Foundation - Lifetime Achievement Award: Harold Dunnigan; Sat. Nov. 12, 2016 at 6 pm
Date: October 27, 2016 at 8:48:00 AM PDT
To: Will Maguire

To the many friends of the PLF and Harold Dunnigan,

Hal has been chosen as the recipient of the Professional Lifeguard Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award and will be honored in a ceremony on Saturday evening, November 12th, at the Dockweiler Youth Center at 6pm (details attached). The Professional Lifeguard Foundation (PLF) is hosting the event so there is no cost to attend! Should you wish to donate in “honor of Hal” to the 2016 PLF Campaign which provides scholarship awards to Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguards please bring a check made out to the PLF or visit the website       *** All donations are tax deductible.

Parking will be available right outside of the Youth Center.

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please come and celebrate the lifeguarding career of one of the most significant contributors to our brother/sisterhood ever to wear red trunks - Harold Dunnigan, as well as the 20th Anniversary of the Professional Lifeguard Foundation - the first and only group to dedicate itself to the continuing education of our most precious asset - the men and women who guard our beaches. Both are so deserving of your time and support.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to:


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Severed Carotid At WRHQ... back in the day", by Ralph Lee

"It was Saturday October 11, 1986 and I was assigned to Will Rogers HQ 8:30 - 6:30. After opening up the HQ and checking out Unit 208 I refueled the unit and took an area patrol. I drove back to the HQ and Lt. Randy DeGregori came by on patrol about 10:30. We were upstairs in the lookout when the side door buzzer rang. I went downstairs - opened the door to find a surfer in a wetsuit with his hand on his neck stating he had a FIN cut on his neck. Blood was running down his wetsuit. I went to get a *lister pack from the first aid cabinet and applied direct pressure and the lister pack to the wound. I yelled to Randy upstairs to call for the Call Car and paramedics and that I needed his help as the lister pack became soaked almost immediately. We applied at least 1 more (maybe 2) lister packs along with direct pressure which did not slow or stop the bleeding. The patient was losing blood rapidly. Randy had the presence of mind to remove the lister packs and reach into the laceration (red blood was spurting out of the wound) and proceeded to pinch the artery shut between his thumb and forefinger thus ending the bleed. The 15-year-old patient was transported to St. Johns Hospital. The laceration was found to be about 4 inches long - the carotid artery had been severed and more than 2 pints of blood lost. To this day, I will never forget Randy DeGregori's quick-thinking and action taken during this true emergency." 

(Story © Ralph Lee 2016. Used here with permission.)

note: *lister pack:  per Randy DeGregori: "Otherwise known as a "battle dressing", large compress." And from Ralph:  "... don't know if lister packs are still used.  They were compresses that were about 2 inches thick and maybe 1 foot square or so.  They were used to stop profuse bleeding--- needless to say I had never gone through that many and so quickly.. Thankfully I never had to  use that many again."

Below, a photo of Ralph Lee at the recent memorial service in honor of OLS Bill Powers (R.I.P.) at WRHQ several weeks ago.):

And a present day photo of Chief Randy DeGregori (Ret.) below:


 *** Thanks Ralph! *** 

We had heard of this emergency first aid story before but it has never before been told to our readership or otherwise memorialized in writing and we very much appreciate the opportunity of sharing it with our readership.

Respectfully submitted,

"County Recurrent" News

(All photos by & Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Southern Section Invades Central!...

Dateline: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016...  If you are not seated, you might want to be for the headlines about to be aired here!

Veteran So. Section LACo OL Shane Gallas is now working in Central Section!...

 Ave 26, Venice Beach...

I kid you not!...

and if that weren't shocking enough!... upon our return to Santa Monica South about an hour later, we see.....

Veteran So. Section LACo OL, Greg Crum, Esq., making a rescue off of his tower, namely, SMS Tower #24!!!.....

First we noticed Central Section Veteran LACo OL, Toby Contarsy, trotting down from his tower, namely, SMS Tower #22 towards Tower #24... and as it turns out, to back up Greg...

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Rescue Aftermath: The Video

This might just be the first time we've actually witnessed an active LACo OL / Recurrent LACOLA Representative / Attorney at law make a rescue too!...  :-)


Until next time.....

"County Recurrent" News

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

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stunning Morning Along Santa Monica South...

Dateline:  Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016 along Santa Monica South...  the photos and the videos.....

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Stunning Morning Along Santa Monica South: The Video

Below, OLS Alex Vicente standing by at SMS Tower #25...

Below, OLS Alex Vicente back at SMS Tower #26...

It looked like some fun, albeit smallish, NW wind swell for the surfers and body boarders... and a fairly strong lateral current heading toward Venice... which the undersigned took advantage of in a swim from SMS Tower #26 to Tower #28.....

 And then we headed back toward the Santa Monica Pier... stopping at SMS Tower #20 along the way to say hello to OL Brandon Henry Snell...

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OL Brandon On A Workout: The Video    


Until next time.....

"County Recurrent" News

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

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