Jersey Shore lifeguards respond to loss of one of their own

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Lifeguards from 16 municipalities assemble at Cape May Beach Headquarters before being deployed. Courtesy of Tim Harmon.

SEA GIRT — The Sea Girt Beach Patrol was among the 16 municipalities across the state of New Jersey that provided lifeguard coverage in the form of 56 lifeguards for the Cape May Beach Patrol on Friday, Aug. 27, so that all of the Cape May lifeguards could attend a funeral.

The funeral was for fellow lifeguard, Norman V. “Champ” Inferrera III, a 16-year-old rookie lifeguard who was killed in the line of duty while on boat patrol in the waters off Cape May.

The statewide response included beach patrol vehicles and command support staff. In addition to beach coverage, the lifeguard agencies also sent contingents to the wake and the funeral in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

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The coordinated effort to make this happen was spearheaded by Cape May Fire Lieutenant, Ed Zebrowski; Cape May Beach Patrol Chief, Harry Black; Sea Girt Beach Patrol Chief Tim Harmon; Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson; and United States Lifesaving Association National Legal Advisor Chip More.

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