From left, Sean Duffey, Mike McGrath, Longport Beach Patrol Chief Matt Kelm.

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners Wednesday, Sept. 18 honored members of the Longport Beach Patrol for their unprecedented fourth consecutive win at the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships held Aug. 9 in Longport.

Participants were required to complete in doubles row, swim and singles row events. Lifeguards Sean Duffey, who’s been a lifeguard in Longport for 22 years; Mike McGrath, a 19-year guard; and Joey Tepper, a two-year guard, demonstrated the highest standards of preparedness and safety, according to a proclamation.

The board also recognized beach patrol members who won the Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition held July 16 in Atlantic City.

From left, Sean Duffey and his son, Mike McGrath, Chief Matt Kelm, Max Mittleman and Taylor Phy.

The competition required lifeguards to complete a swim relay; paddleboard relay; swim, paddle and boat relay; and a rescue relay.

Nineteen-year guard Tim Schwegman; Max Mittleman, a 15-year guard; Taylor Phy, a six-year guard; and Joey Tepper won the competition.

Longport Mayor Nicholas Russo said Longport lifeguards have achieved the highest level of excellence in protecting residents and visitors to Longport, and continually demonstrate the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment, preparedness and dedication.


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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.