This book chronicles the career of Joe Pecoraro, internationally known and respected for his years as the head of the chicago Park District Lifeguard Service. Joe tells stories of heroism, camaraderie, and humor from his early days as a lifeguard in Chicago until his retirement after more than 50 years of service. Much of the history of Chicago's lakefront is intermingled with funny and compelling stories about the characters who protected millions of swimmers over the years. Joe tells about the early days of special Chicago lakefront events such as the world famous Air & Water Show, Venetian Night, the Chicago Triathlon, the spectacular fireworks displays, and many more. Joe shares with readers his amazing experiences with the Special Olympics, the US Lifesaving Association, a visit to the Whit House, and, of course, his years of work with children and lifeguards in all areas of aquatics.
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