The author (left) on duty at Carlin Park, Jupiter, Florida, ca. 1973
Saving lives is its own reward. We did it because it was our calling-to give something back. The grateful look in the eyes of a sobbing young mother whose toddler you plucked from the undertow as she pushes a ten dollar bill into your hand to "buy yourself a carton of cigarettes" was all the "attention" we ever needed.