On Wednesday, just before the grills were fired up for the annual law enforcement National Night Out, beach rescue returned from a distress call in the Cove, as two boogie-boarders got stuck in the current.
Just another life-saving day at the office.
Such are the challenges of Seaside police and fire departments, whether fighting fires near and far, providing aid to swimmers and surfers, or maintaining public safety on the streets of a city that can swell to 40,000 on busy summer days.
“I’ve been to a few of these,” Lt. Bruce Holt, Seaside’s longest serving officer said, referring to the 35th annual barbecue in Seaside designed to bring the community out to meet local fire departments and law enforcement.
Holt said the night had an “impressive turnout,” with games, brochures and pamphlets highlighting department activities.
Seaside Fire Division Chief Chris Dugan served burgers and hot dogs to all comers.
The event had been busy from the start, Police Chief Dave Ham said. “Broadway Park is a great place to have it,” he said. “We’re very happy with all the cooperation from everybody. It’s been really great.”