Coast Guard presents Public Service Commendation to water taxi deckhand

Frank A. Massaro is awarded the Public Service Commendation by Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore

Frank A. Massaro is awarded the Public Service Commendation by Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore

SEATTLE – Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, Thirteenth Coast Guard District Commander, presented the Public Service Commendation to Frank. A. Massaro of the King County water taxi, Rachael Marie, in Seattle, Tuesday.

Massaro was commended for his heroic efforts in rescuing a man in the water beneath Pier 50 in Seattle, July, 10, 2010.

“I believe the humanitarian search and rescue mission of the Coast Guard to be one of our service’s greatest contributions to the American public,” said Blore. “It is truly noteworthy when civilians are able to assist us with aiding those in distress.”

“I would want someone to help me, and I didn’t see anyone else ready to get into the water,” said Massaro.

The Public Service Commendation recognizes personal and beneficial contributions to the Coast Guard’s responsibilities. Recipients are recognized for courage or initiative in advancing one or more Coast Guard missions.

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