Chief

Peter Davis

Peter Davis is the Chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol and of the Park Board Police Department. He started working for Beach Patrol in 1983.  He is the Secretary-General of the Americas Region of the International Lifesaving Federation, as well as the Vice President of the United States Lifesaving Association. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Trinity University and a M.F.A in Studio Art from the University of California-Davis.

Peter is an instructor for USLA and Red Cross open water lifeguarding, Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and personal water craft rescue. He is an Emergency Medical Technician, Texas Peace Officer, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operator, Swift Water Technician, Public Safety Diver, and is certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels. He is actively involved in training Mexican lifeguards and he coordinates a lifeguard exchange program with Galveston’s sister city, Veracruz. He was the lead instructor for several international efforts to train the first open water lifeguard instructors for the beaches in Venezuela.  Peter was selected as Aquatic International Magazine’s “Power 25”, one of the 25 most influential people in aquatics.  He produced and co-wrote the educational video “Texas Beaches- Know the Dangers”, winner of both the National Telly and Communicators Awards. In addition, he co-edited the Spanish edition of the USLA Manual.

Captain

Tony Pryor

Tony Pryor is the Captain and Operations Supervisor of Galveston Island Beach Patrol.  His first year on Beach Patrol was 1998. Tony serves as Certification Committee Chair of the United States Lifesaving Association, as well as Head Coach of the Galveston Island Swim Team. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston.

Tony is an instructor for USLA and Red Cross open water lifeguarding, Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Personal Watercraft Rescue. He is an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Vehicle Operator, Swift Water Technician, Basic Open Water SCUBA Diver, and is certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels.

Lieutenant

Kara Harrison

Kara Harrison is the Lieutenant of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol and of the Park Board Police Department.  She started working for Beach Patrol in 2005. Kara holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University- Galveston.

Kara is an instructor for USLA open water lifeguarding and personal rescue water craft operator and American Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. She is a Texas Peace Officer, Water Safety Enforcement Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Vehicle Operator, PRWC operator, Certified Swim Coach, Certified Tourism Ambassador for Galveston, Swift Water Technician, Basic Open Water SCUBA Diver, and is certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels.

She enjoys swimming, golfing, and watching movies in her free time. Kara also coaches for Galveston Island Swim Team; she enjoys teaching others how to swim. She grew up in a small, West Texas town and moved down to the island for college. Kara fell in love with the community and the idea of being a professional lifeguard. She was a member of the groups that rewrote the USLA Open Water Lifeguarding Manual and created the curriculum for Personal Rescue Water Craft training for USLA.

Officer

Brandon Venegas

Brandon Venegas is a Supervisor for Galveston Island Beach Patrol. He started working for Beach Patrol in 2010. He attended the Fire Academy and EMS program at College of the Mainland, where he received his firefighter certification, as well as his EMT-Paramedic certification.

Brandon is an American Heart Association BLS Instructor. He has been a Firefighter/Paramedic for Texas City Fire Department since 2014. He is an Emergency Vehicle Operator, Swift Water Technician, Basic Open Water SCUBA Diver, and is certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels. He has his Driver/Operator- Pumper certification, and he has completed industrial fire training and emergency vehicle operations at TEEX in College Station, TX.
In Brandon’s free time, he is an avid gamer, and also likes to attend the occasional concert. Brandon resides in Galveston with his wife and two dogs.

He aspires to continue his education in Public Service.
Brandon continues to work for Galveston Island Beach Patrol, for the love of his community. He appreciates the hard work that each division of Galveston’s public service puts forth into keeping the community and its beaches safe. GIBP continues to push him to be the best he can be.

Officer

Austin Kirwin

Austin Kirwin is a Supervisor for Galveston Island Beach Patrol.  He started working for Beach Patrol in 2007, and was a junior guard for 6 year before. Austin is currently on leave to the United States Air Force Reserve and is a member of the Air National Guard based at Ellington Field.

Austin is an instructor for USLA open water lifeguarding, Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder and personal water craft rescue. He is a Texas Peace Officer, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Vehicle Operator, Basic Open Water SCUBA Diver, and is certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels.

Officer

Joe Cerdas

Joe Cerdas is a Supervisor for Galveston Island Beach Patrol. He started working for Beach Patrol in 2005, and was a junior guard.

Joe is a Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Personal Watercraft Rescue. He is a Texas Peace Officer, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Vehicle Operator, Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder, Swift Water Technician, Basic Open Water SCUBA Diver, and is certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels.

Supervisor

Dain Buck

Dain Buck is a Supervisor for Galveston Island Beach Patrol.  He started working for Beach Patrol in 2010. He attended Texas A&M Galveston and then Texas A&M College Station to earn his B.S. in Business Marketing.

Dain is an instructor for USLA open water lifeguarding, Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder, Swift Water Technician and personal watercraft rescue. He is a Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Vehicle Operator, Basic Open Water SCUBA Diver, and is certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels.

In Dain’s free time he enjoys traveling and the outdoors.  Growing up, Dain moved around the whole country and even out of it but finally settled down in Galveston to call it home.  Mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and paddling are all hobbies he is active in.  Dain hopes one day to circumnavigate the entire island on a surfski.  

Dain currently has lived on the island for 7 years and can be seen spending most of his time at the beach and in the ocean on or off the clock.  He continues to strive and push his further education and training with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol.  He loves the fact that his office is outside and in the community and the cooperation that Beach Patrol as an agency shares with Galveston Fire, Police, EMS, and all other response agencies on the island that make it a safe and great place to live.

Senior Guard

Kristina Harclerode

Kristina Harclerode is a Senior Guard for Galveston Island Beach Patrol. She started working for Beach Patrol in 2010. Kristina has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology for Athletic Medicine from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Kristina is certified in Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder, United States Lifesaving Association Open Water, American Heart Association Basic Life Support, PRWC operator and is also certified in the NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 levels.

In Kristina’s free time, she enjoys to swim, workout, be outdoors, spend time with family and friends and is continuing her education in the medical field. Kristina continues to work for Beach Patrol for her passion of saving lives by keeping beach goers safe.

Senior Guard

Micah Fowler

Micah Fowler is a full-time senior lifeguard for Galveston Island Beach Patrol. He started working for GIBP as a rookie in 2011. He has a B.S. in art and design from the Art Institute of California. 

Micah is certified as a Red Cross open-water lifeguard, American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Personal Watercraft Rescue.

Hobbies include rock climbing and bouldering, swimming, drawing and painting, various analog, digital gaming and observing Galveston Island’s glorious dawns and dusks. Micah also studies Aikido and hopes to one day open a school on the island.

He currently lives in Galveston with his dog and cat, in his family’s 1890 historic home. He plans to continue renovating the property to be historically accurate.

Micah decided to join GIBP after a recommendation from his brother.  After six seasons, he realized how much he loved working in the beach environment, and keeping swimmers and tourists safe and informed.