ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Wednesday July 20, at 7:30 pm the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society talk by veteran ocean lifeguard Michael (Spike) Fowler will explore  the exciting history of the US Life Saving Service in New Jersey.  It is a tale of a desperate victims, valiant rescuers, and a proud profession. 

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Monmouth County Lifeguard Supervisor Spike Fowler

Today, New Jersey lifeguards pit their skill, training and fitness against the Atlantic Ocean every summer day.  They safely bring back those who venture too far or are swept to sea by the rough surf.  But

the real story begins over 200 years ago with lighthouses and the Life-Saving Service.  The early warning devices were little help during vicious winter storms, as evidenced by the 5,000+ shipwrecks off the New Jersey Coast.  Thousands of mariners were rescued after the United States Life Saving Service was organized in 1849.

The intriguing story of ocean rescue will be told by author Michael Fowler, veteran lifeguard, photographer, and local historian. Based on the recently released book Lifeguards of the Jersey Shore, the program traces the development of lifeguarding and ocean rescue in New Jersey.  Interesting and archival photos complement the program. After his talk, Mr. Fowler will sell and sign copies of his book. 

 Mr. Fowler, Professor of Marketing at Brookdale Community College has been ocean lifeguarding every summer since 1964, and is presently Lifeguard Supervisor for Monmouth County Park System.  His articles have been published by American Lifeguard magazine and others.  Professor Fowler is also a charter member of the United States Lifesaving Association. 

The slide lecture presentation is scheduled for 7:30 pm, Wednesday, July 20th at the Atlantic Highlands Senior Center at First Avenue and the Harbor in Atlantic Highlands.  Admission is free, but a donation is welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.