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SRU aquatics director earns beach patrol honors

August 13, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

Bob Ogoreuc, center, trains members of the Ocean City, N.J. Beach Patrol. Ogoreuc has been inducted into the patrol's Hall of Fame.

SLIPPERY ROCK — When it comes to lifesaving, Robert Ogoreuc literally wrote the book on it.

For this and for his work as a training officer for the Ocean City, N.J., Beach Patrol and fire/rescue services, Ogoreuc, an assistant professor in the Physical Education Department at Slippery Rock University, will be inducted into the beach patrol's Hall of Fame.

Ogoreuc, who also serves as aquatic director for SRU, will accept his award virtually Saturday from his home in Grove City

Ogoreuc said he is being recognized for his eight years with the Ocean City Beach Patrol starting in 2000.

“I'm being recognized for my time with Ocean City as a training officer. I was the first official training officer,” he said.

“My responsibility was train the rookies and the recurrent lifeguards in first aid, CPR training, blood-borne pathogens,” Ogoreuc said.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appears in Friday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.

Eric Freehling

Eric Freehling

Eric was born in Butler and grew up in Winfield Township. He graduated from Knoch High School and later Indiana University of Pa. with a degree in Journalism. After working as a reporter and editor with the Kittanning Leader-Times, he moved to Bloomington, Illinois, where he worked at The Pantagraph newspaper as a copy editor, page designer, reporter and business editor. Freehling later worked at the Houston Chronicle as senior copy editor and the Chicago Tribune as a copy editor on the business desk. He moved back to Pennsylvania in 2010 and joined the Butler Eagle as Community Editor in January 2011.