Ventnor Beach Patrol lifeguard David Funk is promoted to the rank of captain.

VENTNOR – Mayor Beth Holtzman Thursday, Jan. 10 confirmed the promotion of longtime lifeguard David Funk to the rank of captain of the Ventnor City Beach Patrol. Funk was surrounded by family members as he took the oath of office.

“You are a stellar lifeguard, lieutenant, and becoming captain is not something we are giving you. It is something you have earned for many, many years,” Holtzman said.

Funk, who lives in Linwood, became a lifeguard in 1992 when he was 14 years old and has been a winning lifeguard athlete, competing in the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships for more than two decades. He is also a firefighter in the Margate City Fire Department.

She said Funk is “truly dedicated and loyal to Ventnor City and the Beach Patrol,” and highly respected by the rank and file and the leadership of the Beach Patrol.

Members of the Ventnor Twitlight Holiday Parade Committee were honored Thursday, Jan. 10. From left, Rose Hamilton, Mayor Beth Holtzman, Commissioner Lance Landgraf, Shelley and Peter D’Orazio, Albert Battaglia, Colin Fuentes and Commissioner Tim Kriebel.

The mayor also recognized the members of the Ventnor City Twilight Holiday Parade Committee, which has organized the holiday parade for the last three years.

Committee members include Albert Battaglia, Cindy Weinrob, Colin Fuentes, Karen Warner, Sean Gleason, Rose Hamilton and Peter and Shelley D’Orazio.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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