Paul D. Cardarelli

1992 Special Award of Recognition

Paul was a Wanskuck Boys’ Club swimming star during the late 1950’s, competing in numerous AAU meets.  Paul often won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle races but was a capable backstroke swimmer as well.  He was an outstanding athlete and in high school elected to play football and other team sports in place of competitive swimming.  Paul continued an extraordinary attachment to swimming in Rhode Island by utilizing his aquatic skills in the area or water safety.  Paul lifeguarded at Scarborough State Beach for many years.

As a young adult, Paul had a tremendous influence on his peers, especially those with whom he lifeguarded,  and the younger members of the club.  He was unselfish in his actions and this was reflected throughout his life.

In 1963 he was recognized by the American National Red Cross and the State of Rhode Island for using his knowledge and skills in saving the life of Donald Fortin from drowning on the 22nd day of August 1963.  Paul died of cancer at an early age, however his actions as a lifeguard and as an unselfish leader will always be remembered.