Naked Rescue

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Trafford Publishing, 2004 - Lifeguards - 175 pages
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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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Contents

Foreword
3
Introduction
5
Lifes a Beach
6
Swim Near a Life Guard
23
Will You Marry Me?
28
Beach Managers
30
Strange Characters
34
Take It or Leave It
44
Special Olympics
118
The Distaff Side
121
HEROES ALL
125
Australia
129
Ireland Visited
132
President to President
135
Air Show of Shows
139
The Lifeguard Awakening
153

5050
50
Making Lifeguards
53
We All Become One
62
Re Restless Years
67
Odds and Ends
76
Pools and Fools
84
Lifeguard School
95
Marine Rescue Unit
101
Venetian Night Lakefront Festivals
107
Fraternal Order of Life Guards
158
Unusual Events
160
Triathlon Sink or Swim
162
The Popes Visit
167
50th Anniversary of DDay
169
Buckingham Fountain 25th Anniversary
171
As Life Goes On
173
Acknowledgements
174
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