In January 2009, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) assumes the administration of the 160-year-old Life Saving Benevolent Association (LSBA), an organization rewarding heroic individuals involved in lifesaving water rescues. The LSBA, independent and with its own Board of Directors, has been closely tied to SCI for years, holding its annual ceremonies at SCI’s Headquarters. Previously, The Atlantic Companies managed the LSBA, processing applications and assisting the Board. Last year, the LSBA approached SCI, North America’s largest mariners’ service agency, about continuing these administrative responsibilities in the future.
SCI agreed to deepen its relationship with the LSBA, according to the Rev. David M. Rider, President and Executive Director of SCI. The LSBA will remain independent and fulfill its mission of recognizing rescuers, and SCI will assume the clerical and organizational responsibilities for the Board. As part of the tasks in its new role, SCI will process and validate the applications the LSBA receives, coordinate meetings of the Board, and assist the Board in determining the reward recipients.
Since the LSBA began issuing commendations, it has honored the lifesaving efforts of more than 1,000 police officers, firefighters, and civilians. In addition to rewarding rescuers, the LSBA contributes to nonprofit organizations that promote maritime safety, including the Seamen's Church Institute.
SCI’s Rider said, “The water can be a dangerous place, and the Association has encouraged training in seamanship and water rescue—something to which SCI is deeply committed. The Life Saving Benevolent Association honors those who have—in the face of danger—shown extraordinary bravery, and we are proud to help them as they recognize these heroic men and women.”
The Life Saving Benevolent Association accepts applications for awards throughout the year. Applications should be sent to: LSBA, 241 Water Street, New York, NY 10038.