Two of East Hampton's most well known lifeguards will be lauded on Monday night as the East Hampton Rotary's Person of the Year for 2013.
John Ryan Sr. and John Ryan Jr., both of whom have been proponents for water safety for decades, were selected last month. The club will celebrate them at a dinner meeting at Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk.
John Sr. has been a life guard for approximately 50 years, and is a coordinator for the East Hampton Lifeguard Training, a coordinator for the junior lifeguard training and currently heads the education committee for the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. He is a volunteer with the Ocean Rescue Squad and chair of the Water Safety Committee. He was also instrumental in the formation of the East Hampton Hurricanes swim team.
A documentary entitled “Big Bad John’s Lifeguards for Life” was produced recently.
His son, an East Hampton Middle School teacher, is the chief of the town lifeguards. He has also taken on lifeguard training programs, and started a water safety program for fifth graders. He too was instrumental in the formation of the Hurricanes.
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