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In Memory: Video
In Memory: Video

  LaVern Dugger

LaVern Dugger was the Chief of the Laguna Beach Lifeguard Department from 1959 to 1972.  He was a graduate of Laguna Beach High School Class of 1947.  During his life in addition to being the Department's Chief, he was also a teacher, coach, father and husband to his wife Shirley.  His family legacy endures today through the Dugger and Moore Laguna Beach Fund, a supporter of the Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation.

LaVern is pictured here second row, far right with his crew of Laguna Beach Lifeguards.


                  1931 -2023

Former Laguna Beach Lifeguard Chief Rod Riehl passed away this past August at the age of 92. Rod was with the Department from 1955 through 1973, and was Chief for 10 years from the late 50's to the late 60's. He was a Laguna Beach High School graduate and was quarterback for the varsity football team.

After high school Rod attended UCSB where he also played football, and ultimately graduated with a teaching credential.  He then went on to have a teaching career at Orange High School.

Rod's trademark saying, "Once a Laguna guard, always a Laguna guard", rings true with every alumni lifeguard we know.

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RO is in the bottom row number one on the left

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