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  • Writer's pictureLisa Fagan

Meet Lifeguard - Bridget Maxwell

Bridget Maxwell is a year-round resident of West Wildwood. She practically grew up swimming in the ocean and playing in the sand on the beach. Bridget always knew that she would work as a lifeguard because the Wildwood Beach Patrol has been her second home since she was 8 years old. Bridget’s father Max has been the WBP Medic since 2004, which blessed her with numerous opportunities to get involved. Bridget participated in the Junior Lifeguard Program and the Mascot Program, exercised alongside senior lifeguards during morning training every summer as an adolescent, and eventually became a lifeguard in 2014.

Bridget is a 2016 graduate of Wildwood Catholic High School, where she was an honors student and a 4-year varsity letter winner swimmer. She continued my education at The University of Tampa, where she graduated this past May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. During her 4 years at UT, Bridget was a walk-on member of the university’s NCAA Division II Women’s Rowing team and served as co-captain during my senior year (which was unfortunately cut short due to COVID-19).

In her own words, “I am a huge advocate in giving back to my community, which is why I devoted so much of my time in high school and college to community service. Locally, I have participated in National Night Out, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk, Cure at the Shore, and Save Wildwood Catholic. In college, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, beach and park clean ups, volunteered at senior centers, and raised over $20,000 this year alone for the Alzheimer’s Association with my sorority.”

“I am currently waiting to register to take my NCLEX-RN, and hope soon after to be hired locally for my dream job as an Emergency Department nurse.”

“The WBP has given me skills, life lessons, and a family outside of my own that I will cherish for all of my life. This job is more than just a job, and I am grateful, privileged, and proud to be a WBP lifeguard.”



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