2011-07-29 / Community

Belson Memorial Swim Brings Crowd To Beach 92 St.


A flag, a street sign and a plaque mark Beach 92 Street as “Bell’s Beach.” A flag, a street sign and a plaque mark Beach 92 Street as “Bell’s Beach.” The annual memorial swim to honor the memory of Firefighter Steven Belson, who was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was held last Saturday at “Bell’s Beach,” better known as Beach 92 Street. Belson was a lifeguard on that beach in his younger days and often surfed there.

As part of the memorial, present-day lifeguards were awarded scholarships by Bruce Belson, Steve’s brother.

Those who received the scholarships included: Terrence Lorenzo (Breezy Point), Christopher Ferro (Breezy Point Surf Club), Sean Kearney (Beach 135 Street shack) and Christopher Go (12-year lifeguard and Navy vet who works at the Beach 117 Street shack).

Sean Kelleher, the event’s coordinator, thanked the lifeguards for “putting their life on the line each day in order to keep beachgoers safe.”



Firefighters from Ladder 137 raise the flag over the memorial. Firefighters from Ladder 137 raise the flag over the memorial.

Kelleher with three of the four lifeguards that received scholarships. Kelleher with three of the four lifeguards that received scholarships.

Sean Kelleher (left), the event’s coordinator, with Bruce Belson, the brother of the slain firefighter. Sean Kelleher (left), the event’s coordinator, with Bruce Belson, the brother of the slain firefighter.

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