This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a one-time lifeguard honored for his contributions to water safety. More than 30 years ago, Vero Beach orthopedic surgeon Peter Wernicki watched over swimmers on the Jersey Shore. Since then, he has pursued a second career devoted to preventing drownings. Recently Wernicki, 56, received the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s 2015 Paragon Award. Under his leadership, the American Red Cross and the U.S.