The Rehoboth Beach Patrol celebrates a milestone this year, marking its 100th anniversary in 2021.
And newly appointed captain Jeff Giles said they plan to recognize him throughout the summer season.
“We have a bell that signifies the 100th anniversary, with the badge of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol,” said Giles. signify – number one – that the Beach Patrol is ready to take to the beach. And number two, it’s for the purpose of remembering all those lifeguards who have served over the years. ”
The 15-pound brass bell will soon be mounted on a frame with wheels so it can be taken out and rung every day.
“We have important VIP ringing the bell, alumni, sponsors and people promoting the Beach Patrol,” said Giles, “We’ll do it when the weather permits – when the weather is really nice – this which wasn’t great this) weekend, but when the weather permits we’ll do it on the beach.
Giles became Beach Patrol Captain two and a half months ago, succeeding Kent Buckson.
He supervises 40 lifeguards, five EMTs and a few other support staff.
Giles served as a Rehoboth rescuer from 1981 to 1986, then joined the Delaware State Police for 32 years.
He notes that his rescuers are ready for a busier-than-normal season now that COVID restrictions are lifted and more people are vaccinated.
Giles asks bathers to respect the people around them on the beach and to give them some space.
He adds that people should be respectful of anyone who chooses to wear a mask, and anyone who is not vaccinated should wear one.
The Rehoboth Beach Patrol is on duty Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.