Shane Whipkey: 2004 - 2008
Alumnus, Shane Whipkey leads off our first ever "Alumni Spotlight". Shane worked for the beach patrol for five summers and is a graduate of Villanova University. He shares some of his favorite memories from his time in the Crest.
What made you join the beach patrol?
Summer job with great people and to stay active all while having fun oh and maybe to talk to girls...
What is your best memory from your years with the WCBP?
WCBP winning the Beschen-Callahan Races while my mom was in the hospital for breast cancer, it was the first time WCBP had won the races in several years. Chief Buddy Johnson asked me to come up with him to accept the award as the races are in honor of my uncle Mike.
Also, the Devils Triangle, LCR, any lifeguard ball, Gum guy, Tri-Woods, and not letting my partner, Ryne Adolph, operate the radio.
What are you up to now?
Live in New York City and work as a Senior Relationship Manager at Bloomberg L.P.
How has the beach patrol impacted your life?
Taught me the true meaning of teamwork and camaraderie. I learned how to respect the ocean and to treat the beach patrons with respect. I made some life long friends and have memories and stories to last a lifetime.
What advice would you give a young guard today?
WCBP Winter Roll Call 2017 was held last night at Smokin' Johns Bar & Grill in Manayunk. Many thanks go out to Winnie & Bob Clowry for hosting the event at their establishment....in attendance at last night's Roll Call were the following: Frank "Bronco" & Sue Higgins, Bob & Winnie Clowry, Don "Doc" & Janet Dougherty, Tom & Lori Carroll, Mike & Chelsea LaRose, Don Pettit and wife, Steve & Maryellen Serburn, Max Bilkins, Beau Preston, Wade Preston, Shane Sweeney, Cameron Aregood, Mike Peitriforte, Leeny Tarnoswki, John Steiger, Steve Connor, Jim Ficcara, Dan Howey, Matt Fisher, Matt Benedetto, Gabe Keown, Terry McGovern, Allison Pollock, Joe Coffey, Norbert Hammekee, Bill Rohfling (class of 49-50) and his son Tom. If anyone was left out, my apologies but I think I got everyone that was there.
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The WCBP family wishes everyone a Happy New Year and looking forward to the summer of 2017......please mark your calendar for the annual WCBP Alumni BBQ and social get together scheduled for Saturday August 19th at Rambler Rd & Beach (WCBP Tent HQ) 6:00 pm and on....
Stay well and see soon you on the safest & finest beaches anywhere.......Wildwood Crest, NJ.
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