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COAST GUARD MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION
PRESENTED TO COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY TEAM ON 11JAN10 FOR EMERGENCY
MEDICAL EVACUATION ON THE
(L to R) BM2 Matthew Cade, Amy Thomas,
Jim Thomas, RADM Wayne Justice (presenting), BMC Matthew Welsh, MEC
Richard Gonzalez, MK1 Jeremiah Gray, and CAPT Mark Ogle (presenting)
receive Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation.
RADM Wayne Justice (L) addresses
the recipients of the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation. (L
to R in line): Amy Thomas, James Thomas, MK1 Jeremiah Gray, MEC
Richard Gonzalez, BMC Matthew Welsh, and BM2 Matthew Cade.
(L to R): Amy Thomas watches as Jim
Thomas receives Team Commendation Ribbon from RADM Wayne Justice as
CG Station Milford Haven personnel observe.
It was a quiet
December day on the Rappahannock
with calm seas and little wind.
One lone recreational boat was out on the water towing
another disabled boat to a marina. Then Coast Guard Station Milford
Haven received a call from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office that a
boater had become ill and was unable to continue his voyage.
Station Milford Haven immediately
diverted CG 25837 and requested assistance from Coast Guard
Auxiliary 27137 on the Corrotoman River.
Both boats arrived on scene at approximately 10:18 and the victim
was transported to the closest point to meet personnel from the Lancaster County
EMS. The initial
assessment was carbon monoxide poisoning.
It took a great cooperative effort
between the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard Station Milford
Haven, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and
Lancaster County EMS,
to get the victim ashore and on the way to the Rappahannock General
Hospital Emergency Room for treatment.
For this effort the Coast Guard and
Auxiliary team that executed the Emergency Medical Evacuation
(MEDVAC) were awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation
by RADM Wayne Justice, Commander 5th Coast Guard District
and CAPT Mark Ogle, Commander Sector Hampton Roads, at a ceremony at
Coast Guard Station Milford Haven on Monday January 11th.
Coast Guard personnel receiving the
commendation were: BMC Matthew T. Welsh, Officer in Charge and
coxswain of CG 25837; MEC Richard J. Gonzalez, Executive Petty
Officer and Officer of the Day; MK1 Jeremiah C. Gray and BM2 Matthew
S. Cade, crew aboard CG 25837. Coast Guard Auxiliarists receiving
the commendation were Amy B. Thomas, coxswain of AUX 27137; James E.
Thomas, crew aboard AUX 27137; Joseph J. Safranek, watchstander.
During the ceremony Master Chief
James G. Labarre, Sector Hampton Roads, commented “the teamwork,
professionalism, and dedication of the Coast Guard and Auxiliary in
executing this case is a great example of the concept of Team Coast
Guard.” RADM Justice & CAPT
Ogle were both very pleased with the cooperative effort and that a
life was saved, personally thanking each member of the team.
“We got there just in time,”
commented Chief Welsh, “Through no fault of his own, the boat
operator was overcome with carbon monoxide.
Luckily he had enough experience and knowledge of boating to
recognize that he was in trouble and contacted people for
At the Flotilla 33 meeting later
that evening, Flotilla Commander Wally Dawson added “our members
conduct so many training exercises with the Coast Guard so that we
are ready when a need arises. This is a prime example of how a few
minutes can make a difference.”
Boaters are advised to closely watch for the
signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can onset suddenly without
warning, and cause headaches, nausea, and severe disorientation. The
symptoms can actually mimic sea-sickness.
For detailed information on carbon monoxide
poisoning visit the Coast Guard website
Click on the Safety tab, then Carbon Monoxide.