Fallen Coast Guardsman Honored

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard honored the passing of Cranston, R.I., native, Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Gill Jr. of Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91111 Anchorage, based in Anchorage, Alaska during a memorial service at Sector Seattle on Wednesday.

MSST Anchorage was performing an operation in Puget Sound Sunday when Petty Officer Gill was ejected from a 25-foot fast response boat. He was transferred to a waiting ambulance at Fauntleroy Cove and transported to Harbor View Medical Center where he was declared deceased.

He was a reservist on active duty who has served the Coast Guard since October 2003. His previous assignments included Marine Safety Office, Providence, R.I., and Port Security Unit 301 in Cape Cod, Mass. He had been assigned to MSST Anchorage since August 2004.

MSST Anchorage was deployed to Seattle to conduct Maritime Homeland Security operations during the month of March. Sunday was the final scheduled day of operations. MSST Anchorage is preparing to return to Alaska.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

SEATTLE - Coast Guard members, local police, fire and friends gathered on Pier 36 to render a final salute in honor of Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Gill Jr. at the Integrated Support Command Seattle today. A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Port Angeles conducts a fly-over while two 25-foot rapid response boat crews from Station Seattle and the Seattle Fire Boat,

Coast Guard members, local police, fire and friends gathered on Pier 36 to render a final salute in honor of Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Gill Jr. at the Integrated Support Command Seattle on Wednesday. A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Port Angeles conducts a fly-over while the Seattle Fire Boat,”Chief Seattle” render honors.
Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class David Marin

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    1. ian chalmers says:

      R.I.P. Ronnie love you