Coast Guard to honor Kotzebue, Alaska man with Silver Lifesaving Medal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard is scheduled to present the Silver Lifesaving Medal Saturday, May 18, to a Kotzebue man for heroic actions he took as a young boy to save a girl from drowning in Kotzebue.

Then 10-year-old George “Radar” Lambert saved 12-year-old Pamela Smith from drowning in Kotzebue, June 22, 1998. This was the first documented save using a lifejacket from the Kids Don’t Float program which has been attributed to saving a total of 31 lives.

Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell, Commander, 17th Coast Guard District, will present this long-overdue award to officially recognize Lambert for his actions.

The event coincides with the first day of National Safe Boating Week.

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