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LeRoy Colombo. “World’s Greatest Lifeguard”. Early Life. Born December 23, 1905 in Galveston, Texas Age 7, spinal meningitis- left his legs paralyzed How did brothers, Cinto & Nick, help LeRoy? LeRoy regained all his strength. Education. Age 8, went to public school-frustrated there

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Leroy colombo

LeRoy Colombo

“World’s Greatest Lifeguard”


Early life

Early Life

  • Born December 23, 1905 in Galveston, Texas

  • Age 7, spinal meningitis-

    left his legs paralyzed

  • How did brothers, Cinto & Nick, help LeRoy?

  • LeRoy regained all his strength


Education

Education

  • Age 8, went to public school-frustrated there

  • Age 10, Texas School for the Deaf in Austin

  • Became skilled swimmer in school’s pool

  • Age 16, 1921, left school…. Why?

    (death of father)


Young adult years

Young Adult Years

  • Age 18,(1923) Surf Toboggan Club 1st Deaf member (he had to swim continuously for 3 hours-no floating)

  • 1923 became a Life Guard for the City of Galveston

  • 1924: Competed against Herbert Bernau, Jr., the Amateur Athletic Union’s national endurance champion, & beat him

  • Labor Day, 1925, (Age 20)

    Rematch (10 mile race), he beat Herbert again by 1 mile

  • New record for the race, 6 hours 55 minutes


How would leroy fare against michael phelps

How Would LeRoy Fare Against Michael Phelps?

  • 1926, competed in a 10 mile race in the Mississippi River & dislocated his shoulder in the 8th mile, continued swimming with 1 arm and finished the race

  • 1927-Labor Day Race- LeRoy & Cinto got 1st & 2nd place in a 15 mile marathon (age 22)

    They were the only ones to finish out of 6 entrants-why?

    LeRoy was timed at 11 hours 30 minutes, beating Cinto by 31/2 hours

  • Age 23, 1928-swam 30 miles in 16 hours 24 minutes

  • 1929-1939- won all long distance races in the Gulf of Mexico


Why is leroy colombo famous

Why is LeRoy Colombo Famous?

  • Rescued his 1st victim when he was 12

  • During his 40 years as a Life Guard, he saved 907 lives (Guinness World Record)

  • How brave was he?

  • Forced to retire at age 62 b/c of a heart condition

  • He still swam a mile a day up until a a few weeks before he died

  • Died on July 12, 1974- age 69


Honored for his heroism

Honored for His Heroism

“In Memory of Leroy Colombo

Dec 23, 1905- July 12, 1974

A Deaf-Mute who risked his own life repeatedly to save more than a thousand lives from drowning in the waters surrounding Galveston Island.”

“Plaque dedicated Nov 1974 By the Noon Optimist Club and the City of Galveston Texas”


Can a deaf person be a good lifeguard

Can a Deaf Person Be a Good Lifeguard ????


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