OCBP Then and Now: Robert Stowe Jr. Award

Thirty years ago, August 2, 1984, Ocean City lifeguards Bob Stowe (left) and Bob Amsler and Red Cross representative Ann Gabriel hold a poster advertising the Ocean City Beach Patrol sponsored blood drive.Bob Stowe died on August 24, 1990. The lifeguards remember him every summer as they present the Robert Stowe Jr. Award. This summer the 18th annual award went to Bob “Domino” Speca for his many years of outstanding service and contributions to the profession of ocean lifesaving in Ocean City. In addition to his OCBP career, Speca was known for his record-setting displays of domino-toppling.Previous Stowe Award winners were: Fred Miller, George T. Lafferty, Chet Derr Jr., Thomas H. Heist III, Alfred “Bud” McKinley, Vince Hink, Bill Dorney, Joe Grimes, Angelo Psaltis, Joseph Schmitt, Anne Copeland Merrill, John McShane, Sam McDowell, Bob French, Jack Brooks, William H. Pugh IV, and Russell Leary.— A weekly feature from Ocean City Beach Patrol historian Fred Miller

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