Coast Guard awards bar pilots for Columbia River rescue

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River awarded three Columbia River Bar Pilot employees with U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Certificates of Merit during an award ceremony held at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., Wednesday.

Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander, presented the awards to Leroy Schlecht, George Ware, and Gerrald Tucker for rescuing a man stranded in the Columbia River, Dec. 29, 2012.

The three men were all working aboard a Columbia River Pilot vessel and immediately responded to a request for assistance from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and the Astoria Police Dept. The men arrived on scene and rescued a man who was clinging to a steel tower, stranded in the Columbia River near Astoria.

Capt. Bruce Jones, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River commander, presents Columbia River Bar Pilot employees Leroy Schlecht (left), George Ware and Gerrald Tucker (right) with U.S. Coast Guard Public Certificates of Merit at an awards presentation held at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., Wednesday, June 19, 2013.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn

Capt. Bruce Jones, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River commander, presents Columbia River Bar Pilot employees Leroy Schlecht (left), George Ware and Gerrald Tucker (right) with U.S. Coast Guard Public Certificates of Merit at an awards presentation held at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn

Capt. Bruce Jones, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River commander, presents Columbia River Bar Pilot employees Leroy Schlecht (left), George Ware and Gerrald Tucker (right) with U.S. Coast Guard Public Certificates of Merit at an awards presentation held at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., Wednesday, June 19, 2013.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn

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