Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard Derek Traeger passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 14, 2022. At 28 years old, OL Traeger had dedicated six years of faithful service to the Department.
In his honor, a flag ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 6 at the Venice Beach Lifeguard Station. Throughout the years, OL Traeger had been assigned to work at Dockweiler, Venice, and Santa Monica beaches.
A memorial service for him took place a few days later on Thursday, September 8 at Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.
OL Traeger is best remembered for his contributions as a swim coach with the “Swim with Mo” program where he trained and helped children pass the Junior Guards swim test. From the time he was a little boy, he was already swimming at two years old, surfing at seven years old, and exhibiting a natural talent and ability for art.
OL Traeger is survived by his parents, Phil and Jackie; his older sister, Laura; and, his twin sister, Sarah.