Coast Guard Grants A Wish For 15-Year-Old Muscular Dystrophy Sufferer

BODEGA BAY, Calif. - Frankie Rones, a Petaluma resident living with Muscular Dystrophy, drives a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat under the guidance of Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Kennedy, a boatswain's mate assigned to Station Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. Rones is a long time admirer of the Coast Guard and with the help of his neighbor, Coast Guard Seaman Jacob Lowery, his wish of visiting of a Coast Guard base came true. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Zach Wilson.

Frankie Rones drives a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew from Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay welcomed a 15-year-old boy with Muscular Dystrophy aboard their 47-foot Motor Lifeboat, Dec. 1, 2010.

Petaluma resident Frankie Rones is a long time admirer of the Coast Guard; he is also living with Muscular Dystrophy. His neighbor, Coast Guard Seaman Jacob Lowery, has been mentoring Frankie for the last six months and helped make his dream of visiting a Coast Guard base come true.

Frankie was granted a tour of Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma and Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay.

“The crew was so welcoming, and they even let me drive the boat,” said Frankie.

Frankie, who often uses crutches and a wheelchair to get around, had a hard time moving up the boat’s ladders and with the help of Lowery and other crewmembers Frankie was able to go and see places he wouldn’t have otherwise been able to.

“It was really thrilling, and I had a blast,” said Frankie.

Both tours lasted about three hours.

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  1. John MKCM (Ret) says:

    Brovo Zulu to Seaman Jacob Lowery. Above and beyond the call.

  2. OS1 Glenn Holt says:

    Your going to go far Seaman Jacob Lowery in this service. BZ for your dedication to the community & country. Your a great representation of the Coast Guard!