Coast Guard, Gov. John Carney posthumously award Silver Lifesaving Medal in Delaware

Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander, Coast Guard 5th District (left), Amy Jo Fosdick (center left), Michael Manley Jr. (center), Andrew Short (center right) and Gov. John C. Carney (right), pose for a photo with the Silver Lifesaving Medal that was posthumously awarded to Michael Manley (Sr.), for rescuing his stepson, Andrew Short, at a ceremony held at Coast Guard Station Indian River, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, June 24, 2017. Manley rescued Short from rip currents in Virginia Beach, and lost his life when he was carried farther out to sea, Sept. 26, 2015. Coast Guard photo by Aux. David Lau.

Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander, Coast Guard 5th District (left), Amy Jo Fosdick (center left), Michael Manley Jr. (center), Andrew Short (center right) and Gov. John C. Carney (right), pose for a photo with the Silver Lifesaving Medal that was posthumously awarded to Michael Manley (Sr.), for rescuing his stepson, Andrew Short, at a ceremony held at Coast Guard Station Indian River, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, June 24, 2017.
Coast Guard photo by Aux. David Lau.

PHILADELPHIA – Gov. John C. Carney, Governor of Delaware and Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander, Coast Guard 5th District, posthumously awarded Michael Manley the Silver Lifesaving Medal at an official ceremony held at Coast Guard Station Indian River, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, June 24, 2017.

Manley was cited for heroic actions when he saw his stepson swept out to sea on Sept. 27, 2017. Manley entered the water and swam out to his stepson, instructing him to relax and stop fighting the current until he got to a calm area where he could swim ashore, which resulted in saving his stepson’s life. Unfortunately, during the course of saving his stepson, Manley was swept to sea and perished.

Manley’s wife, Amy Jo Fosdick, son, Michael Manley Jr. and stepson Andrew Short, accepted the Silver Lifesaving Medal on his behalf.

The Silver Lifesaving Medal, created in 1874, is a prestigious medal made from silver, awarded to civilian and Coast Guardsman alike who distinguish themselves by rescuing or endeavoring to rescue a person from peril on the water.

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