Lucien M. Clemens Boat Crewman Award Presented

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – Coast Guard Sector Detroit Commander, Captain Patrick Brennan, presented the semi-annual Lucien M. Clemens Boat Crewman Award to Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Brian J. Meehan at Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores during a ceremony this morning.

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

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

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

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