Volunteer Rescue Swimmer of the Year

Durell Godfrey

Michael Forst was named the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue 2018 member of the year at the group’s annual year-end dinner party at the Harvest in Montauk on Sunday. 

In announcing the award, the rescue swimmers’ chief, T.J. Calabrese, said that Mr. Forst “is always there when you need him, trains year round, and is a great Jet Ski operator.” He praised Mr. Forst’s work creating a memorandum of understanding with both East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village and getting a new emergency response vehicle for the rescue organization. 

In addition, Mr. Calabrese said, Mr. Forst “spent endless hours on administrative issues and created insurance for our rescue swimmers, who risk their lives to respond to all water-related emergency calls.”