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Berkeley Township beach renamed for lifeguard killed by lightning last year

A beach in Berkeley Township was renamed on Friday for a lifeguard who died while on the job.

News 12 Staff

Jul 1, 2022, 9:25 PM

Updated 721 days ago

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A beach in Berkeley Township was renamed on Friday for a lifeguard who died while on the job.
The beach was renamed Keith Pinto Beach at White Sands.
Pinto was struck and killed by lightning in August 2021 during a sudden pop-up storm. He was a 2020 graduate of Toms River North High School and was loved by the community.
“He had a huge heart. He would go very out of his way to help anybody in need, and I think that's just why he was a great lifeguard,” says Pinto’s brother Tyler Pinto. “He really enjoyed what he was doing, and he really enjoyed the purpose behind the position. He just wanted to help people and that's what he did.”
The mayor of Berkeley Township also declared Friday “Keith Pinto Day.”
Beaches along Barnegat Bay Island have installed early-warning lightning detection systems in the wake of Pinto’s Death.


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