Aw shucks — Huntington Beach public safety officials down oysters for charity

How many oysters can Huntington Beach public safety officials slurp down in a minute for charity?

To find out, the city’s police and fire departments and lifeguards went head-to-head Saturday in the fourth annual Shuck It Challenge at Ways & Means Oyster House.

For the record:

10:25 AM, Jan. 29, 2019This article originally stated incorrectly that the lifeguards finished second in the competition. In fact, the Police Department was second.

The winning team could select a charity to benefit from the challenge. The seafood restaurant donated $3 for every oyster eaten.

Fire Department members came away with the trophy, edging the Police Department, 135 oysters to 123, and raising a total of $421 for A Walk on Water, which provides surf therapy to children with special needs.

The lifeguards finished third, with 94 oysters eaten.

One hundred dollars each was raised for the Huntington Beach Police Officers Foundation and Friends of the Junior Guards.