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August 25, 2021
New Jersey to Lower Flags to Honor Fallen Lifeguard

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The U.S. and New Jersey state flags will be lowered to half-staff on Friday, honoring Norman V. Inferrera III, a young member of the Cape May Beach Patrol who died in an on-duty accident last weekend.

Flags will be lowered to half mast on Friday in honor of the Cape May Beach Patrol lifeguard who died in an on-duty accident. (Pixabay)

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan released the following statement:

“Lowering the flags is a solemn tribute for an outstanding young man who was committed to serving the community and keeping residents and vacationers safe when they visited the beach in Cape May. At only 16 years old, Norman’s penchant for public service was clear, and his loss in the rough seas churned up by Hurricane Henri leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, and a pall of sadness that lingers like a persistent morning fog over the coastal community.

“The death of this young man is a reminder that the safety of vacationers and their families during carefree beach visits depends on the highly trained lifeguards who enter the waves in threatening conditions, and put themselves at risk for the sake of others.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Norman Inferrera’s family and friends as they endure the terrible grief and heartbreak of this tragedy.”

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