A weekly feature from Ocean City Beach Patrol historian Fred Miller:
“O. C. Beach Patrol loses one of its most respected members, Bud McKinley” was the front page headline of the May 17, 2001 Ocean City Sentinel.
The article began, “Alfred ‘Bud’ McKinley, Ocean City’s and New Jersey’s top lifeguard, died of a heart attack Friday, May 11 after working out at Raritan Valley Community College, where he was a professor of history and communication. He was 61 years old.”
The article continued reporting on how the local lifeguards were coping with the loss of their friend. It ended asking for donations to the Ocean City Rowing and Athletic Association to establish a scholarship in his name.
On Monday evening, June 2, in the Ocean City High School’s Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, OCRAA director Fred Miller presented the 13th annual Dr. Alfred “Bud” McKinley Scholarship. A total of $2,000 was presented to Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard Frank Brady, lifeguard Ed Keenan III, and Rachel Young.