Kodiak-based Coast Guardsman receives GEICO Military Service Award

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Claude Morrissey received the 2012 GEICO Military Service Award for outstanding service to the civilian and military communities in Kodiak at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Monday.

Morrissey was one of six military members, from different branches of the armed forces, being recognized for the contributions they made to their local civilian and military communities.

In the community of Kodiak, Morrissey, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, served as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic during 2012 and responded to three emergencies with the Women’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department.

While on duty, Morrissey flew more than 150 flight hours and was directly responsible for saving six lives in 2012. Moreover, he served as an incident critical stress management counselor and ground safety equipment instructor for 363 personnel at Air Station Kodiak.

Morrissey also looked out for his shipmates by serving as a designated driver and personally ensuring 45 colleagues arrived home safely in 2012. He also served as a Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program representative at the unit and worked to educate his shipmates about the program  and inform them about helpful resources available to them.

Morrissey also drew on personal experience about the harsh winter time environment in Kodiak and taught classes to co-workers about the importance of proper chainsaw safety and operation.

Claude has a big heart, and he’s helped a lot of Coast Guard members overcome the difficult situations and challenges they’ve encountered, said Chief Petty Officer Charles Fowler, the survival shop supervisor at Air Station Kodiak.

For more information about the GEICO Military Service Award and winners click here: http://www.geico.com/information/military/award-winners/

CEO of GEICO Tony Nicely, Vice Adm. John Currier, the vice commandant , Petty Officer 1st Class Claude Morrissey, his wife Elizabeth Morrissey and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt stand for a photo at the GEICO Military Service Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2013. Morrissey was the Coast Guard's 2012 award winner for his outstanding service to the military and civilian communities of Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

CEO of GEICO Tony Nicely, Vice Adm. John Currier, the vice commandant , Petty Officer 1st Class Claude Morrissey, his wife Elizabeth Morrissey and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt stand for a photo at the GEICO Military Service Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

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