North Bend-based Coast Guardsman receives medal for heroism

Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity, an aviation survival technician assigned to Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Ore., and his fiance, Chelsey Larsen, stand with Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, after Gromlich presented Harrity with the Coast Guard Medal before a screening of The Finest Hours in Seattle, Jan. 20, 2016. The Coast Guard Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, distinguishes himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity and his fiance, Chelsey Larsen, stand with Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich after Gromlich presented Harrity with the Coast Guard Medal Jan. 20, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)

SEATTLE — Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, presented the Coast Guard Medal to Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity, an aviation survival technician assigned to Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon, with the Coast Guard Medal at a screening of The Finest Hours in Seattle, Jan. 20, 2016.

Harrity, a 27-year-old native of Jupiter, Florida, individually pulled four fishermen more than 250 yards in 57-degree water from their life raft to shore in July, 2015.

The Coast Guard Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, distinguishes himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.

Click here for the story of the rescue near Cape Blanco, Oregon.

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