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United States Lifesaving Association
Heroic Acts Criteria and Approval Procedure
Policy Number: III-E
Adopted: 11/07/87; Amended 11/07/09
The USLA, comprised of dedicated men and women in the open water lifeguard profession, wish to present awards in recognition of heroic acts performed within the scope of the United States.
Incredible feats of shoreline heroism have been performed. Men and women in the lifeguard profession do not always perform these acts, but in many cases the saving of life can be attributed to merely a stranger passing by a distress scene.
The USLA's primary purpose for creating this award system is to give due recognition to an individual performing a heroic act, who voluntarily risks their life to an extraordinary degree in saving, or attempting to save, another person, or sacrificed themselves for the benefit of others.
B. SCOPE OF RECOGNITION FOR HEROIC ACTS
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 sacrificing themselves in a heroic manner for the benefit of others. It is restricted to acts in which no primary family relationship exists between the rescuer and the rescued party(s).
Heroic acts performed must be reported within one year of the date they occurred. Usually, only those acts performed in areas within the scope of the USLA's activities will be considered for awards.
C. PROCEDURE FOR RECOGNITION
Any member may initiate a request for heroic acts recognition, as long as that person initiating the request is not a direct family relation to the person that performed the act.
To bring an act to the attention of the Heroic Acts Committee, a written account of the incident accompanied by supporting material such as newspaper clipping, or witness statements should accompany the required Heroic Acts Application form and be forwarded to the appropriate Region’s Heroic Act Chairperson for review. If approved at the Regional Heroic Acts Committee level, the application shall be signed by the Heroic Acts Chair or the Regional President before submission to the USLA Heroic Acts Committee.
Once the application is submitted, the Heroic Acts Committee Chair brings the matter to the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors. At that meeting a special meeting of the Committee is held to review the application to insure it’s properly depicted in one of the categories defined in Section D.
USLA Heroic Acts Committee
D. RECOGNITION CATEGORIES