Heroic Acts
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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
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
2012
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
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
Trager, Tom
1998
Laguna Beach, CA
Vipond, Jon
2010
San Diego, CA

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
Cate, Jenipher
2002
Cherry, Scot
1997
Chess, Amos
2004
Chew, Jason
2003
Coleman, Jeffrey
2004
Daigle, Jeff
2002
Dalton, Charity
1994
Dalton, John
1998
Dekle, Jeremy
2004
Eberhart, Danny
2002
Gross, John
2002
Hodson, Tad
1997
Kitmetto, Kiyo
1993
Kruger, Blair
1997
Linnen, Chuck
1994
Logeman, Thorpe
2005
Lothian, Mackenzie
2005
Loynes, James
2002
Marsden, Scott
2002
McFadden, David
1994
Nagle, John
2003
O Hara, John
1998
Ogden, Spencer
2002
O'Neil, Craig

2007
Pena, Joseph
1990
Pletch, Theresa
1990
Poplinger, Gretchen
2002
Reger, Robin
2002
Richards, Kevin
1990
Richardson, Joe
2002
Rogers, Robert
1993
Romberg, Matt
2002
Schwary, Robert
1994
Scott, Jake
2002
Soltero, Gene
2002
Spheeris, Linda
1993
Stover, Laura
2002
Strickland, Brain
1997
Sullivan, Terrance
1998
Svejkosky, Danna
2002
Swift, Andrea
2002
Weck, Roger
1997
White, Kyle
2001
Willis, Robert
1997
Wise, Gary
2006

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