Daily Archives: October 3, 2013

OCBP will launch it’s 2013 Alumni Reunion honoring “Legends of Life Saving”

The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) alumni association will celebrate its 2013 alumni reunion honoring “Legends of Life Saving” who served from 1940-2000. The event, which will take place at the Grandocbp Hotel, begins October 4.  OCBP legends, like former Captain Bill Pacy and USA International Paralympics World Swimming Champion, Courtney Jordan, will speak at the event.

Also in attendance will be Lucky Jordan, who guarded the beaches of Ocean City from 1945 – 1955.  Jordan was guarding the beach the day the Bay Bridge opened and he was subsequently featured in the Maryland Public Television documentary on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. In his honor, the OCBP will be hosting competitions on the beach on Saturday for some brave OCBP alumni to participate.

“The OCBP has a rich history in its members both past and present,” said Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin. “Some of our alumni have went on to become war heroes beginning with the 2nd World War; some have been elected to national office, while others have become judges, research scientist, doctors and even a president of a large university. Interestingly they all talk about their years with the OCBP as the most important service they have ever given.”

The Ocean City Beach Patrol will also be announcing the Mayor and City Councils decision to proclaim a day each July as Ocean City Beach Patrol day to honor all members of the patrol both past and present, as well as establishing a support organization called “Friends of the Ocean City Beach Patrol”. Citizens who wish to learn more about ““Friends of the Ocean City Beach Patrol” or are interested in becoming involved with the Ocean City Beach Patrol in any way are encouraged to e-mail to ocbp@ococean.com.


Ocean City Fire Department Station 4 Gets Temporary New Home

The Ocean City Fire Department’s Station 4 has a new place to call home, as demolition began this week to the existing building, located at 129th Street and Coastal Highway.  The reconstruction, which will take place over the course of the next 12 months as part of the Town of Ocean City’s capital improvement plan, has been a priority for the Fire Department for years, due to the concentration of high-rise structures and year-round residents in the north end of the town.

“We have been working closely with the Engineering Department and the Recreation and Parks Department and are excited about our temporary home at Northside Park,” said Deputy Chief Chris Shaffer.   “We want to assure our residents and visitors that we have strategically planned so that our staff and equipment will always be available to them during this transitional period.  At no time will any part of town lack fire or EMS coverage.”

The temporary Station 4 building, which is located at 12801 Jamaica Avenue, is adjacent to the Ocean City Recreation and Parks offices.  Completion of the new building is slated for the spring of 2014 and will boast 11,500-squre-feet, increasing the capacity of the engine bay by more than one third.  In addition the new building will provide areas for both duty crews and the departments successful live in program.