Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Coast Guard auxiliarist Norman Raymond

Stephen Stewart, Elizabeth Nebei and Coast Guard auxiliarist Norman Raymond, crew members of the education vessel Clinton, are awarded the Captain David P. Dobbins Award by Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit during a ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb. 19, 2014. They received the award for saving two people in the Detroit River Aug. 11, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Stephen Stewart, Elizabeth Nebei and Coast Guard auxiliarist Norman Raymond, crew members of the education vessel Clinton, are awarded the Captain David P. Dobbins Award by Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit during a ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb. 19, 2014.
They received the award for saving two people in the Detroit River Aug. 11, 2013.
U.S. Coast Guard photo

 

 

One of the Coast Guard’s core values is devotion to duty. Devotion to duty means that we as Coast Guardsmen seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals.

One such Coast Guard Auxiliary member demonstrated great devotion to duty when he helped rescue a boy and his father in the Detroit River Aug. 11, 2013.

Norman Raymond, commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 20, 9th District Central Region. Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Auxiliary

Norman Raymond, commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 20, 9th District Central Region.
Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Auxiliary

Norman Raymond, commander of Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 20, 9th District Central Region, was coxswain of the educational vessel, Clinton, when he heard a mayday call by the Canadian Coast Guard reporting two people missing in the Detroit River.

Realizing that the people in distress where near their location, Raymond sprang into action and promptly drove the boat to the area where the people were in distress.

The crew of the Clinton found a personal watercraft running but unmanned on the river and began searching for the two missing people.

They found the father and son clinging to a buoy nearby. The crew brought the son aboard the Clinton, while a Canadian Coast Guard vessel rescued the father.

Raymond and the crew of the Clinton were formally recognized for their devotion to duty at a ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb. 19, 2014.

During the ceremony, Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit, presented Raymond, Stephen Stewart and Elizabeth Nebei with the Captain David P. Dobbins Award for excellence in search and rescue. Patrick Livingston and Jenna Roy also earned the award but were unable to attend the ceremony.

The Dobbins Award is presented by the Coast Guard in recognition of outstanding action accomplished while conducting a search and rescue mission on the Great Lakes. Dobbins was appointed the first superintendent of the U.S. Lifesaving Service of the Great Lakes in 1876. He distinguished himself by performing and organizing numerous heroic rescues during his career. In memory of his heritage, initiative and dedication, the award is presented to individuals who perform distinguished search and rescue acts on the Great Lakes.

Raymond and the crew of the educational vessel are a great example that any mariners can make a difference on the Great Lakes.

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