Shipmate of the Week – MK3 Jerad May

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jerad May, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., reported to Station Sault Ste. Marie in December of 2010.

May joined the U.S. Coast Guard in May of 2009 because he wanted to be a mechanic and having the opportunity to work on the water gave him the best of both worlds.

“MK3 May’s overall commitment and knowledge has not only been outstanding, but has been an inspiration to all members of Station Sault Ste. Marie,” said Chief Petty Officer Joel Laufenberg, the officer-in-charge of the station.

May has been certified as a shiprider, an international program that enhances law enforcement partnerships and capabilities between the United States and Canada.

May participated in the first shiprider patrol ever conducted in Sector Sault Ste. Marie’s area of responsibility. His professionalism has greatly enhanced the relationship between the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

May’s dedication and loyalty carries over to his personal time. He diligently worked to attain qualification on Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie’s snow removal equipment. His qualifications ensured that during and after snowfall equipment was moving to clear the parking areas for all personnel stationed at the facility.

Petty Officer May conducts ice rescue training

Petty Officer May conducting ice rescue training

In December, May once again showed his professionalism and willingness to help others. While he was driving home on a cold November night, he thought he saw a light coming from a ditch. May observed a vehicle in the ditch about fifty yards off of the roadway. The vehicle had sustained significant damage due to having rolled over with one woman trapped inside. May made his way through the flooded ditch to provide assistance to the trapped woman, only to discover that the accident was so violent it had thrown her into the back seat of her vehicle.

After quickly assessing the victim he noticed that she was in severe pain and shaking uncontrollably. May made his way through the flooded ditch and retrieved a blanket in order to keep her warm. May remained with the victim until local law enforcement and EMS arrived.

“MK3 May’s effective leadership has far surpassed what is expected of a third class petty officer”, said Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Kerr, the station’s executive petty officer. “MK3 May has been a driving force in the qualification of three engineers, two boarding officers, and several ice rescue members and boat crew that has allowed the unit to continue to remain effective.”

“Petty Officer May is well known for holding all peers to a standard of excellence that is demanded by the job that they perform,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent Johnson.