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To Serve and Protect

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To Serve and Protect: An inside look at the JBLC.
A slide show presentation at the Albany Contract Negotiations GOER meeting.

by Dennis Kane
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William Listing

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William Listing (1953-2010), known as Captain Bill to many, was a Jones Beach lifeguard in the 1970’s. He always said the summers that he spent as a lifeguard were the best times in his life. This is not a surprise, considering Bill’s love of the ocean, friends, family and taking charge of all situations.

Bill spent much of his life on the ocean. He was a true mariner, with a U.S. Merchant Marine master and 500 ton sail endorsement,  a PADI dive instructor, highly qualified to tackle any task at sea. Whether it be fishing, diving, navigation, maintenance on all vessels, refit or crew management, he could handle it all. Power, sail or steam, Bill literally sailed the seven seas with extensive experience in the Caribbean and Mediterrean waters.  He had a second sense about the ocean, like it was in his blood.

Bill would blow into town like a storm, gathering all the elements at hand to embellish life at full tilt. He loved to prepare fabulous meals for family and friends.  If you ever found yourself in his culinary company, you were in for a treat seasoned with local color and stories of the sea.

Captain Bill was a good guy. He had a big heart. He was a generous and passionate man, willing to share all he had with those he loved.

We will miss you Bill, but the memories and stories of Captain Bill will live on forever. Your sister Beth.



Steve McGrain

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The star-crossed life of an All-American - Steve McGrain (1950-2010) was a swimmer, a surfer, a dreamer...
by Jim Harmon

The exuberant Matthew McConaughey look-alike in the photo at right is Stephen Vincent McGrain, one of the most talented athletes in Nassau County history. In August 1972 McGrain was 22 and a newly minted graduate of North Carolina State University. This was his sixth summer as a Jones Beach lifeguard, and he beamed for the camera after helping his colleagues at Field 6 win that season’s inter-beach competition. If beers were not already being passed around, they soon would be.

Few members of the corps were as strong in a pool or the ocean as McGrain, who grew up in Westbury and learned to swim at the Town of Hempstead’s Carman Avenue pool. Recruited by the swimming powerhouse Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, he won New York state titles in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard freestyle, set a state record in the 200 and was twice named a high school All-American. At 5 feet 9 he was not on the scale of the Spitzes and Phelpses who would come to dominate the sport, but with sinewy arms and the chest and shoulders of a bodybuilder, McGrain was sheer power in the water, and held in awe by competitors across Long Island.

“He was such a stud,” recalls attorney Roy Lester, an all-county swimmer at Long Beach High in the late 1960s who had a Newsday picture of McGrain taped on the wall in his room and lost, by a lot, every time they went head to head in the backstroke.

Offered a full scholarship by N.C. State, McGrain quickly mastered longer freestyle races, won four individual Atlantic Coast Conference titles as a freshman and sophomore and was named a collegiate All-American. He studied biology and zoology, and as far as anyone knew, he was prepping for medical school. He became an accomplished painter, wrote poetry, dabbled in Buddhism and Hinduism, lifted serious weights. In his summers on the beach he did all of those things unless there were waves, when he surfed.

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