B E N C A R L S O N M E M O R I A L P A D D L E O U T
Paid my respects along beside so many others for fallen Newport Beach Life Gaurd/Hero of 15 years, Ben Carlson. Thousands showed up for the paddle-out tribute for Ben. The first lifeguard killed in the line of duty in Newport’s history. Hundreds of people on boards paddled out to where nearly a dozen rescue boats from various agencies sat in the water while thousands stood on the sand and pier to watched the memorial. Seeing the impact he made on so many lives was truly inspiring. My heart goes out to Ben's family and friends.