First Lucien M. Clemens Boat Crewman Award Presented

TOLEDO – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Commander, Capt. Patrick Brennan, presented the first semiannual Lucien M. Clemons Boat Crewman Award to Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Troy Sulfridge at Coast Guard Station Toledo during a ceremony this morning.

This award is named in memory of Lucien M. Clemons, the first recipient of the first Gold Lifesaving Medal. Congress voted to establish the Lifesaving Medal on 20 June 1874. Captain Lucien Clemons was designated as the first keeper for Marblehead Lifeboat Station. He and his two brothers received the award for the rescue of two from the Schooner Consuelo which capsized on Lake Erie on 1 May 1875. They were cited for heroic daring for rowing out in a gale on a 12 foot skiff. The Lucien M. Clemons Award is a tribute to their courage and dedication to duty and will be presented semiannually to the boat crewman whose seamanship, leadership afloat and operation actions best epitomize the Coast Guard’s standards for boat crewman.

Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Sulfridge was selected from a pool of nominees by Sector Detroit’s nine stations.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions on South Lake Huron, Lake St Clair and Western Lake Erie from Alpena, Michigan to Vermillion, Ohio.

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