GUEST POST: Pinconning heroes awarded Certificates of Merit

>Today’s guest post and photos are brought to you by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Dillon, Coast Guard Station (Aids-to-Navigation Team) Saginaw River.

(Above: left to right- Fire Chief Dave Ramsay, Mr. Jerry Sarafin, Fireman Michael Procunier, Fireman Michael Szsceniak, Capt. Fred Midgette during a ceremony honoring three Pinconing heroes, March 23, 2010.)

The Coast Guard honored two Pinconning, Mich., firemen and a Good Samaritan during a ceremony at the Pinconning Fire Department, March 23, 2010. Fireman Michael Szsceniak, Fireman Michael Procunier and Mr. Jerry Sarafin, all from Pinconning, Michigan were awarded the Certificate of Merit for their actions on 13 February, 2010 which resulted in saving the life of a Birch Run woman who had fallen through the ice in Saginaw Bay while riding on her snowmobile.

The recognition given to these heroes was well deserved and the men who risked their lives seemed very proud to have been awarded Certificates of Merit from the Coast Guard.

(Above: left to right- Jerry Sarafin, survivor Mellissa Voorheis, Fireman Michael Proncunier, and Fireman Michael Szsceniak during a ceremony honoring three Pinconing heroes, March 23, 2010.)

Captain Fred Midgette, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Commander, awarded the Certificate of Merit for their efforts and cooperation, which at the risk of their own lives saved the life of another. The Coast Guard Certificate of Merit recognizes significant endeavors by private individuals or groups that display initiative in advancing one or more of the Coast Guard’s missions.

It was a very emotional experience when survivor Mellissa Voorheis spoke. I could feel that her emotion spread throughout the entire room. You could see it on each individual’s face. All around, it was a very enjoyable experience and I was happy to be a part of such a positive event.