Coast Guard awards Satellite Beach resident with Certificate of Valor

7th Coast Guard District NewsVIERA, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard and Brevard Board of County Commissioners recognized Mike Badarack Tuesday, for his heroic efforts in saving a mariners life Nov. 5, 2010.

Bradarack was awarded a Certificate of Valor signed by the Coast Guard commandant for his heroism. Badarack is cited for jumping from his boat onto another pontoon charter fishing boat to lend assistance to a fellow captain whose lower leg had been crushed between the pier and his boat while mooring-up in Kelly Park, on Merritt Island, Fla.

Bradaracks quick thinking allowed him the ability to not only treat the injured captain for his injuries but simultaneously moor the drifting vessel. He tended to the captain serious wounds until local EMS arrived.

“I am honored and humbled to be receiving this award,” said Bradarack. “Sometimes you feel like you are placed in a situation for a reason and at that moment, mine was to save the captains life as he was bleeding profusely.”

82 stitches and 24 staples later the injured captain called to thank Bradarack.

The Certificate of Valor is given to a person when the Gold and Silver Lifesaving medal are not appropriate but the person has demonstrated great courage in a lifesaving scenario.

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