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In 1987, the USLA Board of Directors approved a policy whereby awards may be granted to persons who participate in heroic acts. The USLA recognition is restricted to acts which show conclusive evidence that the person performing the act voluntarily risked their own life to an extraordinary degree in saving, or attempting to save, the life of another person, or voluntarily sacrificed themselves in a heroic manner for the benefit of others.

To be considered for recognition, heroic acts must be reported to USLA within one year of the date they occurred. Usually, only those acts performed in areas within the scope of USLA's activities will be considered for such an award. Awards are restricted to cases in which no primary family relationship exists. If you are a member in good standing of the USLA, Click here to submit a nomination online. If you are not currently a member of the USLA, we invite you to submit an application for review with a Regional Officer in your area. To submit an application for review with an appropriate Regional Officer, Click here to find links to Regional Officers in your area.

Heroic act awards include the Medal of Valor which is given to an individual lifeguard who voluntarily risked their life, to an extraordinary degree, in saving, or attempting to save another person, or who sacrificed themselves for the benefit of others.

Non-lifeguards are also eligible for heroic act awards. The Heroic Act Award is presented by USLA to a non-lifeguard and is intended to give due recognition to those who have risked their lives to an extraordinary degree in a rescue or attempted rescue of another person (without familial relation to the rescuer).



USLA Medal of Valor


The highest lifeguard award presented by USLA is the Medal of Valor. The primary purpose for creating this award is to give due recognition to an individual lifeguard who voluntarily risked their life, to an extraordinary degree, in saving, or attempting to save another person, or who sacrificed themselves for the benefit of others. USLA also extends the Heroic Act Award to non-lifeguards.

Lifeguard Medal of Valor Recipients

Albers, Bob
1999
San Diego, CA
Alvarez, Willy
2006
Volusia County, FL
Bartlett, Mike
2005
Huntington Beach,CA
Beuerlein, Mike
1989
Huntington Beach, CA
Borland, Tim
2003
Avila Beach, CA
Bradbury, Bouvey
2008
City and County of Honolulu, HI
Brown, Mark
2012
San Diego, CA
Carlson, Ben
  2014   Newport Beach, CA
Christly, Jordan
  2014
  Southeast Region
Cicchetto, Sean
1996
San Clemete, CA
Coats, Eric
2006
Lake Perris, CA
Corbo, Christian
1998
Laguna Beach, CA
Culp, Casey
1998
California State Parks, CA
Feighan, Mark
2010
San Diego, CA
Fesler, Jeff
2003
Avila Beach, CA
Gitelson, Joel
2006
Los Angeles County, CA
Grigouli, Richard
2003
Oceano State Park, CA
Grigsby, Scott
1994
Los Angeles County, CA
Harris, Ed
1999
San Diego, CA
Higa, Brian
2011
City and County of Honolulu, HI
Horn, Brit
2005
Sonoma Coast State Beach, CA
James, Micheal
2008
Destin, FL
Keulana, Brian
1996
Honolulu, HI
Korber, Paul
1998
Ventura County, CA (posthumous to rescue effort)
Larsen, Billy
2003
Pismo Beach, CA
Leibig, Peter
2010
San Diego, CA
McDonald, Daryl
2010
San Diego, CA
Milligan, Joe
1989
California State Parks, CA
Murphy, Timothy
1996
California State Parks, CA
Nowviski, Chris
2004
Daytona Beach, FL
Panis, Marc
1989
Huntington, Beach, CA
Pepper, Laine
1999
San Diego, CA
Quigley, Patrick
1998
Laguna Beach, CA
Quigley, Patrick
1999
Laguna Beach, CA (this is his second award)
Raines, Dave
1999
San Diego, CA
Simmons, Jecoa
2004
Daytona Beach, FL
Smith, Dylan
  2013
  Queens, NY
Snow, Kevin
1998
Laguna Beach, CA
Sproull, Mark
1998
Laguna Beach, CA
Stephenson, Michael
1996
California State Parks, CA
Stewart, Bradley
2009
South Walton Fire District, FL
Tegland, Ormand
1998
Laguna Beach, CA
Toomsoo, Eric
  2013
  Southeast Region
Trager, Tom
1998
Laguna Beach, CA
Urquhart, Rick
  2014
  Southeast Region
Vipond, Jon
2010
San Diego, CA
Wise, Scott
  2014
  Southeast Region


Heroic Acts Award

The highest award presented by USLA to a non-lifeguard is intended to give due recognition to those who have risked their lives to an extraordinary degree in a rescue or attempted rescue of another person (without familial relation to the rescuer). USLA salutes their bravery, courage, and service to humanity. USLA also extends the Medal of Valor to lifeguards.

Heroic Act Award Recipients

Adamski, Joe   2004
Barrera, Richard   2001
Bedwell, Brence   2002
Brave, Dick   1999
Castillo, Phil
  2013
Cate, Jenipher   2002
Cherry, Scot   1997
Chess, Amos   2004
Chew, Jason   2003
Coleman, Jeffrey   2004
Daigle, Jeff   2002
Dalton, Charity   1994
Dalton, John   1998
Davis, Alex
  2011
Dekle, Jeremy   2004
Eberhart, Danny   2002
Foster, Logan
  2012
Gibson, Evan
  2013
Gross, John   2002
Haddix, Jeremy
  2013
Hodson, Tad   1997
Keith, Taylor
  2013
Kitmetto, Kiyo   1993
Kriby, Lura
  2013
Kruger, Blair   1997
Linnen, Chuck   1994
Logeman, Thorpe   2005
Lothian, Mackenzie   2005
Loynes, James   2002
MacLean, April
  2013
MacLean, Eric
  2013
MacLean, Lorne
  2013
Marsden, Scott   2002
Matherly, Christopher
  2013
McFadden, David   1994
Meier, Nathaniel
  2010
Nagle, John   2003
O Hara, John   1998
Ogden, Spencer
  2002
O'Neil, Craig
  2007
Pena, Joseph   1990
Pletch, Theresa   1990
Poplinger, Gretchen   2002
Pracht, Andrew
  2011
Reger, Robin   2002
Richards, Kevin   1990
Richardson, Joe   2002
Roberts, Ryan
  2013
Robinson, Stacy
  2014
Rogers, Robert   1993
Romberg, Matt   2002
Rosso, Louis
  2011
Rushing, Michelle
  2013
Sanderson, Christopher
  2010
Sansone, Michael
  2013
Schwary, Robert   1994
Scott, Jake   2002
Soltero, Gene   2002
Spheeris, Linda   1993
Spiller, Jeff
  2011
Stover, Laura   2002
Strickland, Brain   1997
Sullivan, Chris
  2011
Sullivan, Terrance   1998
Svejkosky, Danna   2002
Swift, Andrea   2002
Tesseneer, Tim
  2014
Weck, Roger   1997
White, Bruce
  2013
White, Kyle   2001
Willis, Robert   1997
Wise, Gary   2006

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