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Ronald Reagan – the Lifeguard

By Todd Starnes

The following is a transcript of Todd’s one-minute morning commentary on Fox News Radio. Todd’s daily commentaries are heard on more than 250 radio stations.

There are moments in our lives that help shape the kind of person we become.

Decisions contemplated. Character tested. Defining moments.

That moment came for a boy named Dutch when he was 15-years-old.Ronald_Reagan(15)_t607

It happened at a place called Rock River in Lowell Park – just to the north of Dixon, Illinois.

Dutch decided he wanted to become a lifeguard. He wasn’t all that tall – a bit on the skinny side.

But he worked hard and took a lifesaving course at the YMCA – and that summer – Dutch got the job.

It wasn’t all that glamorous. Twelve-hour days, seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Once he had to dive in to the river to rescue an old-timer’s dentures.

But Dutch loved that job.

And over the course of seven summers, the short, skinny teenager who barely said a word would go on to save 77 lives – carving a notch into an old log for each life saved.

It was the beginning of a lifelong passion to help people.

And those days standing watch over swimmers in Lowell Park became a defining moment for the man who would become our 40th president.

And so it is today that we remember Ronald “Dutch” Reagan — on what would have been his 102nd birthday.

I’m Todd Starnes

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