In Memoriam: Scott M. Heilman Jr.

Scott M. Heilman, MarineScott Michael Heilman, Jr. lifeguarded for the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol in 2004, 2005, and 2010. During his years with the LBTBP, Scott (or ‘Buck’ as some knew him) was a thrilling competitor to watch, and known to have a heart of gold. Many who ‘sat wood’ with Scott said that he was the type of person who would give you the shirt off of his back. Serving in agreement with his co-workers, many beach patrons called in to base to praise his preventative lifeguarding and rescue skills. On several occasions, Scott went above and beyond his duties as an ocean lifeguard to help elderly patrons move furniture at their beachfront homes. A broad grin often adorned his face, as time spent with the beach patrol was some of his happiest and most carefree of his young life.

While with LBTBP, Scott was a fierce competitor. Although he was most well-known for participation in the line pull event at Mayor’s Cup, as he was a nationally recognized swimmer, this was not his sole strength. Scott joined many of the traveling outside competition teams to other hosting beach patrols throughout the state including Lavallette, Bradley Beach, Ortley Beach, Island Beach State Park, and Ventnor City to name a few.

For his rookie season of 2004, Scott began his lifeguarding career strong, signing up for and placing in tournaments in a way most first year guards do not. He helped LBTBP take home the second place overall win at the Surf City Epic with a second and third place win in two of the competition’s events. Scott and the Brant team also took second in the 1000ft Line Pull event at the LBTBP’s Mayor’s Cup Tournament. Working with partner Frank Eaton, the pair took home a second place medal for the Buoy Rescue that year as well. Closing out 2004 as a solid asset for Long Beach Township, Scott needed to begin clearing a wall for the awards he would, and already began, to earn.

In 2005, among his accolades were helping Brant Beach to the team victory at the Wilson ‘Bud’ Peck 1000m Swim, with a bronze medal finish and later that summer, two medal finishes assisting in the Mayor’s Cup win for Brant. Scott joined the away competition teams for Lavallette’s Kemble-Tremuth Lifeguard Tournament, the Ortley Beach Lifeguard Classic, and Island Beach State Park, helping give the opposition a run for their money.

During his closing summer season of 2010, Scott continued winning.  He chased down the gold medal in the Annual Mayor’s Cup tournament, with partners Joe Cascio and Chris Kiely for the 1000ft Line Pull, which is now a Memorial Event to honor the memory of Scott’s strength, dedication, and winning spirit. Scott also earned a bronze medal in the Surfboat Rescue during the same Mayor’s Cup Tournament that year.

Quite a nice collection of medals and trophies was amassed during his days lifeguarding with the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol, as well as the many close bonds formed sitting wood with his fellow guards.As a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, Scott became an even more well-disciplined man. He attended the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Upon successfully graduating in 2010, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USMC, much to the pride of his loving family, parents ‘Scuba’ Scott and Lambia and sister Madeline. He thrived during his time with the USMC, and signed up for and was accepted to flight school in Pensacola, FL to fulfill his dream of becoming a Marine Aviator.

Scott Michael Heilman, Jr. died on July 24,2011 in Bayou St. John, Alabama during leave before flight school training was to begin.  He was taken from us much too young and is missed everyday by his family and friends at home and here at the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol.  The only comfort we gain from his loss is knowing that we have an angel on our side, now and always. Rest in peace, Scott.