Wyckoff Pool

Submitted / The Outlook Freddie Wyckoff poses with family Saturday at the renaming of the Laurel Pool for him.

The Laurel Pool has served Alexander City citizens since June 1958. Now the pool is named after its first lifeguard — Freddie Wyckoff.

City officials invited the public out to celebrate Wyckoff and his service to children.

“It was a great occasion to celebrate a man from Alexander City,” Alexander City City Council President Buffy Colvin said. “He is an awesome individual.”

Wyckoff worked under Hamp Lyon and John Greeter.

“He was the first water safety instructor and lifeguard at the pool,” Ty Hill said.

When the pool opened in 1958 Red Cross swim classes were offered in the morning and recreation swimming in the afternoons.

Saturday’s renaming and celebration featured children swimming and enjoying the facilities.

“It was a blast,” Colvin said. 

The event was reminiscent of Wyckoff’s time at the pool, also serving as the swim coach from 1958 to 1961 when teams competed against Sylacauga, Anniston, North Montgomery, Opelika and Hopkins City. Three members of the swim team, Sidney Hutchinson, Joey Gray and Melvin Freeman, would go on to attend Alabama State University. 

“He has mentored youth everywhere,” Colvin said. “I can’t think of a better deserving man and honor.”

 

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.

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