Coast Guard to present Certificate of Valor to 9 year old Jonesport, Maine boy

Coast Guard Sector New England LogoJONESPORT, Maine – A Coast Guard official and congressman is scheduled to present a nine-year old Jonesport, Maine, boy with the Coast Guard Certificate of Valor for heroic action during a ceremony, here, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.

Congressman Michael Michaud and Capt. James McPherson, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, will present the certificate to Matthew Drisko at Coast Guard Station Jonesport at 10:30 a.m.

Drisko is being recognized for his heroic actions while assisting in the rescue of his grandfather while on a fishing trip, May 26, 2009.

During the trip Drisko’s grandfather became tangled in a line and fell overboard into 44-degree water. After attempting several times to lift his grandfather back onto the boat, Drisko, the only other occupant of the boat, secured a lifejacket to his grandfather and maneuvered the boat to a fishing vessel transiting nearby to get assistance. The fishing boat crew helped pull the man aboard.

The Certificate of Valor may be granted to both uniformed personnel and civilians from either inside or outside the Department of Homeland Security who have exhibited courage above and beyond the call of duty in saving a life or attempting to save a life, and/or whose action put them at extreme personal risk. Only fifteen have been awarded since its inception in 2003.

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