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Don't Forget: Rotary Honors John Ryan Jr. & Sr. Tonight

The father-son lifeguarding duo are the Persons of the Year for 2013.

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.

Are you attending tonight's dinner? Tell us why these men deserve this honor. Leave a comment below.

Kai Costanzo April 16, 2013 at 03:17 PM
What a great evening honoring such a strong talented family that continues to grow and will be remembered forever. I personally enjoyed chatting with the matriarch Mrs. Ryan- what a special lady
Peter Sephton April 16, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Well done to E H Rotary for recognizing such devoted service to our community and thanks to John and John for providing this wonderful training. It's impossible to know how many lives they have saved, or to measure how much enjoyment they have given to kids taught to swim, or to appreciate the reassurance given to parents knowing their children have confidence in the water. But we can be sure they have achieved all of these things in their generous service to our community.
SR April 16, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I am blessed to be part of this family and I am forever thankful to the Rotary for honoring my father and brother. For all the selfless hard work they commit to to protect our beaches, children and adults alike- I once again just want to say thank you for being a great example for all of us! I love you both and I am so proud of all you have accomplished.

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