It was an emotional day in Newport Beach on Sunday as family and friends of Ben Carlson gathered to reveal a very special tribute — the Benjamin M. Carlson lifeguard headquarters was officially named for the man who gave his life here to save another last summer.
A large group marched to lifeguard headquarters to say a personal thank you.
Thousands gathered on the beach in Newport for a celebration of life ceremony, remembering lifeguard Ben Carlson, who died in the line of duty last week.
Two memorials were to take place Sunday in Newport Beach to remember a veteran lifeguard who drowned during a rescue.
The tragedy, the first on-duty lifeguard lost in the department’s 100-year history, weighs heavily on Carlson’s family.
The lifeguard was identified as 32-year-old Ben Carlson, a 15-year veteran of the department.