CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBS) — The Cape May Beach Patrol is honoring a young lifeguard whose life was cut short on the job. A beach is being named after Norman Inferrera III, nicknamed “Champ.”
The 16-year-old lifeguard was injured after his boat flipped over in the surf and he was knocked unconscious on Thursday. He died on Friday night.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Detectives Searching For Man They Believe Can Help Solve Santino Thomas' Murder Case
The beach patrol also told the Inferrera family that 100% of all medical bills will be covered through Cape May’s municipal insurance.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Borough Council Launches Independent Investigation Into Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
The teenager’s family is setting up scholarships in his memory.
Gov. Phil Murphy spoke about the young man Monday afternoon.
“Let’s take a moment to remember that our lifeguards take on a special responsibility,” Murphy said. “Normal was literally living his dream in being part of the team that keeps everyone safe.”MORE NEWS: 19-Year-Old Man Killed In Double Shooting Inside Port Richmond Home, Police Say
Murphy says he’s spoken with the teen’s family and asks everyone to send them their thoughts and prayers.