Coast Guard presents Honolulu Fire Department with medal

Rear Adm. Stephen Mehling presents the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award to Fire Fighter Two Alika Winter. Winter was recognized for his heroic efforts in trying to save three crew members in the crash of Coast Guard Helicopter 6505 Sept. 4, 2008.


HONOLULU — The Coast Guard presented the Distinguished Public Service Award to a Honolulu Fire Department fire fighter Monday for his efforts in responding to the crash of Coast Guard Helicopter 6505 the evening of Sept. 4, 2008. The Honolulu Fire Department was also recognized with the Meritorious Public Service Award.

Fire Fighter II Alika Winter received the highest public recognition that the Commandant of the Coast Guard may award. Winter put his own life at risk in an effort to rescue the aircrew by repeatedly diving into the water beneath the severely damaged wreckage which was unstable and in danger of sinking.

The Honolulu Fire Department received the second-highest public recognition that the Commandant of the Coast Guard may award. The Honolulu Fire Department responded by immediately dispatching all available crews to the crash site.

On Sept. 4, 2008, shortly after 8 p.m., Cmdr. Thomas Nelson, Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Wischmeier, Petty Officer 1st Class David Skimin, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Nichols lost their lives in a training accident approximately three miles south of Honolulu International Airport when their HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crashed.

Complete text of the award citations can be found at here and here.

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