Memorial Swim Draws Crowd To 'Bells Beach'
Steve Belson was a surfer, a Rockaway lifeguard and a firefighter who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Two years ago, a piece of the beachfront and boardwalk at Beach 92 Street was officially named "Bells Beach" in his honor. Each year, his friends host a series of events to honor his memory, including a 1/2 mile swim and a program that provides $1,000 school stipends for ten lifeguards. Pictured, Dean Kellar (center) stands with the event's coordinators and the last surfboard that Belson used before his death.