Seattle fire chief presented Coast Guard award

SEATTLE – A Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award was presented to Seattle Fire Department Chief Alan D. Vickery, Deputy Chief for Special Operations, in recognition for his support of the Coast Guards Homeland Security and emergency preparedness missions in a ceremony held at Seattle Fire Department Headquarters on Tuesday.

Captain Steve Metruck, Commanding Officer for Coast Guard Sector Seattle, presented the award to Chief Vickery that chronicled over a decade of public service in support of the Coast Guard missions of maritime safety and security. The award praised Chief Vickery for his contributions to enhancing regional and national emergency preparedness for the port. The award identified his key membership in the Area Maritime Security Committee and his leadership in the development of an upcoming port-wide maritime radiation detection strategy for Puget Sound. He was also lauded for responses to numerous fires and emergencies that safeguarded the public and the marine environment.

The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award is the second highest award available to the Coast Guard to recognize private citizens, groups or organizations that help the Coast Guard carry out its missions. Chief Vickery demonstrated individual accomplishments that provided unique benefits to the public with tangible results. Chief Vickery was nominated for the award by Rear Admiral Richard Houck, Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, Seattle, prior to his retirement in July.

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