You can't get much closer to real-life paradise than the beaches of Maui. But even paradise has its dangers. It's lifeguard Rick Patrizio's job to make sure that beachgoers stay safe while they have fun in the sun.
"I always tell people to never turn your back on the ocean and never climb on slippery rocks. No matter how strong a swimmer you are, Mother Nature is stronger."
Patrizio is a lieutenant with Hawaii's Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division. He's also a chair for Unit 14 of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152. The 700 members of the unit may spend their days at the beach, but that doesn't mean they get to relax.
"In our line of work, no business is good business," says Patrizio. "If you see us up and working, that means somebody is in trouble."
If you're headed to the beach this summer, don't forget to protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated. Coppertone sunscreen and Rubbermaid coolers are both union-made in the United States.