2006-08-04 / Community

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.

Some of the lifeguards who won this year's scholarships pose with Kellar. Those who won are: Stacey Leuing, Denis Dubovetsky, Kevin Quinn, Bridget Woebbe, Arnulfo Echeverra, Katie O/Neill, Greg Darda, Brian O'Connell, Scott Blustein and Jonathan Sorocki. Some of the lifeguards who won this year's scholarships pose with Kellar. Those who won are: Stacey Leuing, Denis Dubovetsky, Kevin Quinn, Bridget Woebbe, Arnulfo Echeverra, Katie O/Neill, Greg Darda, Brian O'Connell, Scott Blustein and Jonathan Sorocki. A number of firefighters from three local firehouses joined in the Saturday morning ceremonies. A number of firefighters from three local firehouses joined in the Saturday morning ceremonies. Swimmers pass the 'Bells Beach' sign and American Flag on the way to the beach for the short swim. Swimmers pass the 'Bells Beach' sign and American Flag on the way to the beach for the short swim.

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