Coast Guard to Recognize Heroes

CHICAGO – The United States Coast Guard will be recognizing the tremendous courage and devotion to duty displayed by Station Calumet Harbor crew members during a daring rescue on October 24, 2007.

On the night of October 24, 2007 a 35-foot sailing vessel was in distress near the Calumet Harbor north break wall; as a result of colliding with the break wall, the vessel’s four crew members were thrown into the water by crashing waves.

Station Calumet Harbor, along with Chicago Police Marine Units and Chicago Fire Department’s Air Sea Rescue Unit helicopter, pulled all four people out of the water and brought them to shore. Only one member of the sailing vessel’s crew survived the ordeal.

Several Coast Guard members from Station Calumet Harbor selflessly risked their own lives in an attempt to save others. These brave men and women will be recognized on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 9:30am at U. S. Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, which is located at 4001 E 98th St, Chicago, IL. Media is invited to attend.

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