- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The lifeguard headquarters in Newport Beach has a new name that honors a lifeguard who died rescuing a struggling swimmer last summer.

A ceremony was held Sunday at the Newport Beach pier to name the facility after Ben Carlson, a 15-year department veteran.

He died July 6 when he was hit by a large wave while trying to rescue a swimmer.

He was the first city lifeguard to die in the line of duty.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1MiG54M) an effort is underway to raise $125,000 for a bronze statue in Carlson’s likeness to be placed at the lifeguard headquarters.

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