February’s Telling Our Stories to feature Chief Michael Johnson ~C.C. Beach Patrol 2/27 7p

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2014 on Thursday, February 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 East Railroad Avenue at 7:00 pm. This month’s topic will be on the “Cameron County Beach Patrol”, a presentation by Chief Michael Johnson.

2014-02-14_1223Chief Michael Johnson was born in Brownsville, Texas. Like most Valley families, the majority of their summer revolved around the South Padre Island beaches. Favorite pasttimes were fishing, swimming, and building sandcastles. With the creation of the South Padre Island Fire Department Beach Patrol Division, ocean lifeguarding became Johnson’s passion.  Fortunate enough to be selected as one of the first part time employees hired for the beach patrol, Johnson worked with S.P.I.F.D. for the next three summers and learned much about the ocean.

Later on in his lifeguarding carrier Johnson was able to work the 2011 and 2012 seasons in Galveston Texas, with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol.  Johnson graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012, with a B.S. in Marine Biology and holds a current EMT-Basic and NAUI Dive Master certification.

Presently, Johnson holds the position of chief for the Cameron County Beach Patrol. It is Johnson’s personal mission to facilitate the growth and prosperity of this Lifeguard service for years to come.

The mission of the Cameron County Beach Patrol is to provide a professional lifeguard service to Cameron County Beaches through the direct prevention of and response to aquatic accidents, through public education and training.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with Chief Michael Johnson. All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the last Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: The Museums of Port Isabel

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.