Coast Guard, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office presented awards for life saving

TAMPA - Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk were awarded the Citizen's Award and members from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were awarded the Life Saving Award for rescuing a person who was injured by the propeller of a sailing vessel near Pine Key, Fla., Aug. 22, 2010. From left are Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Deputy Neil Kenney, Reserve II Deputy Richard Pelton, Reserve II Deputy David Girard, Deputy Scott Jones, Sheriff David Gee, Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Bybee, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Cottrell, Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Dunham, Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Kelleher and Reserve I Deputy James Lindsey were presented lifesaving awards at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Falkenburg Road Jail Assembly Room, March 16, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle

Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Tara Molle

TAMPA – Members from the Coast Guard and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were recognized during an awards ceremony at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Falkenburg Road Jail Assembly Room, Wednesday.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk were awarded the Citizen’s Award and members from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were awarded the Life Saving Award for rescuing a person who was injured by the propeller of a sailing vessel near Pine Key, Fla., Aug. 22, 2010.

Recognized were:

Coast Guard Cutter Hawk:

Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Dunham
Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Cottrell
Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Bybee
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Kelleher

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office:

David Girard, Reserve II Deputy
Scott Jones, Deputy
Neil Kenney, Deputy
James Lindsey, Reserve I Deputy
Richard Pelton, Reserve II Deputy

“This is a great example of the sheriff’s office and the Coast Guard working together,” said David Gee, Sheriff. “You don’t hear about these sort of things on a daily basis. It’s a real unique experience and we are proud to work with the Coast Guard.”

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