Locals Honor Memory Of Steve Belson With Swim, Scholarships
|Sean Kellar, who arranged the event, stands under the signs proclaiming Beach 92 Street and the Boardwalk as “Bell’s Beach” in honor of firefighter and ex-lifeguard Steve Belson, who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
A large crowd showed up for the Sunday morning ceremony and most took part in the ½ mile swim that took part after the awards were given out.
Lifeguard Kerry Dickson, who was one of the ten winners of an $1,000 college scholarship presented at the early morning ceremony on Sunday, stands on Beach 92 Street. Dickson, who comes from Granada, is a 3-year lifeguard on Beach 135 Street. He is studying to become a commercial airline pilot at the College Of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Airport.
T.A. Fitzpatrick shows off his new surfboard, which he personalized in memory of Belson.
Siobhan Mullen receives her award from Belson.
Daniel Geary is presented with his award.
Lifeguard Sean Tubridy gets his scholarship award from Belson.
Sean Kellar with Madeline Belson, Steve’s mother and Jack Belson, Steve’s nephew.
All of the scholarship recipients line up for a picture with Madeline Belson. They are, from left, Christopher Kress, Eric Heym, Daniel Geary, Kerry Dickson, Jason Neas, Belson, Sean Tubridy, Sarah Ross, Siobhan Mullen, Greg Darda and Devin Hammer.
Swimmers come out of the water after the ½ mile swim.
Many firefighters from local ladder and engine companies attended the cere-mony.
The Tubridy family lines up for a Wave picture with Lilly, the smallest member of the family.
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