Catalina Island

Avalon Heroes Honored

Pictured above are, left to right: Jim Klingler, president of the Orange County SAR, Jon Vreeland, aka Juke Box Jon, George Leaper and Gary Conwell for the City of Newport Beach, Tony and Patricia Underwood, Brian Bray, Harbor Master for the City of Avalon, Kent Gregory Phd, SAR, Dan McKelvie, SAR, and Pretty Boy AKA P.B.

On April 17, 2015, Tim Mitchell and P.B., also known as Pretty Boy, were honored by the Orange County Chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) at the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine. Representatives for Lifeguard Ben Carlson from Newport Beach and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens were also in attendance and were recognized for their public service.  The Orange County Chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) meets annually to honor individuals who have shown service to the public in an outstanding manner. SAR representatives from many California chapters and nationwide attended the event. The year 2015 proved to be a year where two of the recipients were awarded the honor posthumously.

Ben Carlson was lost in hurricane surf while performing his lifesaving duties. Lifeguard Carlson, known as one of Newport’s best lifeguards, is the first loss for the City of Newport in its 100 year history. The swimmer that Ben was rescuing did survive. Ben’s friends and co workers accepted the honor for the City of Newport Beach. Pictured are George Leaper (L) and Gary Conwell (R). Both men are 19 year veterans.

Tim Mitchell, a Reserve Firefighter and Harbor Patrol officer, was lost while performing his duties during an unexpected violent storm on December 30, 2014 in Avalon Bay. He was represented by Brian Bray, Harbor Master for the City of Avalon. SAR also recognized Tim’s recent naturalization as an American citizen.

Special recognition was given to P.B., a golden lab also known as Pretty Boy. P.B. was the faithful companion of Bruce Ryder of Avalon. Bruce was lost in the storm on December 30, 2014 . P.B and
Bruce were in the Bay after their boat was sunk by the powerful surf. The 12 year old golden lab somehow got ashore and went straight for the Marlin Club to get help for his partner in life. Pretty
Boy and his friends went to the water to search in vain for Bruce. P.B. was honored with a medal for Loyalty and Courage. Tony and Patricia Underwood, owners of the Marlin Club and new adopting parents of P.B., accepted the award with Pretty Boy.