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North Pinellas Good For You for Jan. 5

Caleb Hudak, 17, is a senior at Seminole High. He’s also the youngest lifeguard on staff at Clearwater Beach.

Courtesy of Patrick Brafford

Caleb Hudak, 17, is a senior at Seminole High. He’s also the youngest lifeguard on staff at Clearwater Beach.

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Caleb Hudak, a seasonal lifeguard on Clearwater Beach, recently achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, Eagle Scout.

A member of Troop 355, Caleb's Eagle Scout project consisted of building a memorial walkway at Bauder Elementary School in Seminole in honor of a student and a teacher who died.

The 17-year-old Seminole High senior fulfills his lifeguard duties weekends and after school from a tower on Clearwater Beach.

During his shift, he's responsible for water surveillance for that tower's area of coverage, ready to provide water rescue and medical aid to beach patrons in need. Other duties range from assisting with locating missing persons, city ordinance enforcement pertaining to public beaches and surrounding areas, and general assistance to the public.

"Caleb is the youngest lifeguard on staff," said Patrick Brafford, water safety supervisor for the Clearwater Beach Patrol. "His dedication in achieving Eagle Scout rank, combined with his maturity, sense of responsibility and professionalism, make him a real asset to the city of Clearwater."

Caleb, son of David and Melissa Hudak of Seminole, plans to attend college and major in medicine.

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As part of the Pinellas County Explorer program, young men and women ages 14 to 21 learn a lot about law enforcement careers while gaining valuable life experience.

In addition to working side-by-side with deputy sheriffs, Explorers are exposed to Florida law and agency training techniques and take part in specialized law enforcement training and demonstrations. They can also sharpen their skills on the pistol range while being supervised by firearms experts.

On Dec. 29, Explorer Post 900 participated in the second annual Holiday Shoot 2013 at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shooting range.

Explorers could compete as individuals and as part of a team shoot. An adviser shoot-out was also part of the program.

Post 900 Explorers taking home awards in the individual competition were Kelly Butterfield, first place; Spencer Shaw, fourth place; Kristine Crooks, fifth place; Max Dulski, sixth place; Luke Baker, ninth place; and Lauren Paschell, 10th place.

In the team shoot, Post 900 earned first place overall.

Deputy Jim Butterfield, lead adviser for Post 900, and the Sheriff's Office took the top spot in the adviser shoot-out.

Forensic specialists, special operations members, canine officers, dispatchers, patrol deputies, detention deputies and SWAT members offer their time and expertise to make the Explorer program possible.

For more information on the Explorer program, visit

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North Pinellas Good For You for Jan. 5 01/02/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 2, 2014 6:15pm]
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