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Teddy Wiese Named Lifeguard of the Year

The San Clemente marine safety officer was chosen by a vote of those throughout the Marine Safety Office and honored by the Exchange Club.

Teddy Weise, honored Thursday as San Clemente Lifeguard of the Year saved 40 people from drowning over the past summer despite having a supervisor’s workload.

As a manger, he was more or less out of action, but that didn't stop him from diving in when necessary. That's why the city's entire Marine Safety Division voted for him to receive the honor.

"It was a pretty busy summer," Weise said in an interview at the Exchange Club's award luncheon at Irons in the Fire restaurant. "The heat wave was killer, and we had a big summer swell for Labor Day. There were a lot of good rescues. We like to get out there and stop it before it turns into a rescue, but we can't always do that. To me, a good rescue is when someone is in serious need of help; usually they're pretty grateful."

Weise called it a "humbling experience," and thanked his peers, supervisors and family.

The Exchange Club has awarded Lifeguard of the Year since 2004, and gives the recipient plaques and a large surfboard emblazoned with his name and the honor.

Eric Bergstrom September 24, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I often go to the northside of the pier by the clocktower building, next to the Volleyball courts. And I think I saw Teddy working there at times. I was impressed by how much he REALLY hustled.
Adam Townsend September 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Teddy seemed like a really impressive guy; he's also a volleyball champ and expert big wave surfer. His lovely girlfriend Sam is a lucky lady. Congrats, Teddy, and to the Exchange Club for hosting such a great event every year.

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