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Lifeguards Get Pensions? At Age 45? They Do in Atlantic City

  • Life of 'teach and beach' allows double pensions for some
  • Law from 1928 protects benefits even as city tax base shrinks
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Joseph D. Rush, Jr. joined the beach patrol in Atlantic City when qualifying tests were conducted in stormy weather at sea to judge an applicant’s mettle, local Republican leaders signed off on each hire and lifeguards attended movies free by flashing their badge. He retired in 2000 with an annual lifeguard’s pension of $30,000.

Lifeguard pension?