Evanston lifeguards David Altman, Jack Killheffer and Tudor Byas were honored this evening by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl for their efforts to rescue a man whose boat had broken up in Lake Michigan.

Altman and Killheffer took a rescue boat out into the lake on July 2 after hearing a broken-up distress signal while Byas managed radio communications,.

They managed to find the man by following a trail of debris from the 50-foot renovated 1970s vintage converted Chicago fireboat that had sunk by the time they reached the scene. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Way to go Evanston Lifeguards!

    Nice to see that the Evanston lifeguards are getting a mention and commendation for this recent rescue. The guards are a well trained and skilled group of young adults who work hard managing beachfronts and protecting children and beach patrons.

    While this might appear to be a "cake" summer job, that is hardly the case. Just watch them snap to action when a child is missing or an emergency arises. We are lucky to have these positive role models for whom physical fitness and strenuous training is part of the job. They are polite, professional and expected to deal respectfully with a not always accommodating public. The young men and women who work our city beaches are some of the finest you will find anywhere! Nice to see some positive news about teens and young adults in Evanston. Keep up the fine job!

  2. Great job!

    Tudor was my senior physical education leader when I was a freshamn at ETHS. Just from one year's worth of experience being around him, I immediately knew he was a great guy. Does not surprise me to see him doing incredible things like this! Great job, keep it up.

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