Great Lakes Shipmates of the Week: BM2 Peter Brown and BM2 Evan Beavers, Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Michigan

Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Beavers and Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Brown. Both members of Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Michigan.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Beavers and Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Brown.
Both members of Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Michigan.

The 9th line of the Coast Guard Creed states:

I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live.

This doesn’t mean just saving lives, it means changing the lives of those in the community too.

And changing the lives of those in their community is what Coast Guard Petty Officers 2nd Class Evan Beavers and Peter Brown do with their time away from saving lives.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Beavers gets a lesson on how to properly till a garden.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Beavers gets a lesson on how to properly till a garden.

The members of Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Michigan, regularly participate in volunteer opportunities with the town to include: landscaping the community gardens, teaching boating safety to local children, serve as judges for the local VFW sponsored cart derby, volunteer for highway cleanups and teach ice rescue techniques to the local police and firemen.When the station was contact by a local Korean War veteran who needed assistance with house and lawn maintenance, Beavers and Brown stepped up to the task.Due to the effects of Parkinson’s disease completing tasks such as mounting a new mail box and tilling his garden had become very difficult and sometimes hazardous for the veteran.

Beavers and Brown, both duty section leaders for the station, worked diligently to restore the 30-year-old farm equipment to working order and started tilling. While one member would till the other would assist with small projects around the home.

During the process both members received knowledge of local plant life and life lessons from the past service member.

“These guys have been diligent in supporting the local community by spending time assisting the cub scouts, local honor guards, public space restorations and several safe boating lectures to local schools and marine agencies,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Myers, the station executive petty officer.

“Because of them, the station has established strong ties with the local community.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Brown tills a garden for a local Korean War veteran.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Brown tills a garden for a local Korean War veteran.

This trend has led to a larger group effort in the restoration of the Harbor Beach Community Hospital, which the whole station has been working on recently.”Both Beavers and Brown are fully qualified coxswains, officer-of-the-days, ice rescue team leaders and boarding officers. Beavers is the units weapons petty officer and Brown is the units rescue-and-survival petty officer.

Creed of the United States Coast Guardsman

written by Vice Adm. Harry G. Hamlet

I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman.
I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world.
I never, by word or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged.
I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders.
I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.
I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties.
I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems.
I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others.
I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live.
I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril.
With God’s help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works…
A UNITED STATES COAST GUARDSMAN.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Beavers gets some help on how to start a tiller.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Beavers gets some help on how to start a tiller.

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