Michael Reagan and his son Cameron visit Ronald Reagan's lifeguard stand in Dixon, Illinois.
Starting in 1926, his sophomore year in high school, and continuing for the next seven summers, Ronald Reagan was the proud lifeguard of Lowell Park’s swimming section of the Rock River. From Memorial Day to Labor Day he worked twelve hours a day, seven days a week keeping swimmers safe. Over the course of seven summers, he saved 77 lives, a number he kept track of by cutting a notch in a log on the river’s edge each time he pulled someone in need out of the water. Michael and Cameron hosted students participating in the 2011 Liberty Education Tours for a historic journey along the "Reagan Trail" in Illinois.