Coast Guard to recognize Monroe County deputy for saving 2 boaters’ lives

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to formally recognize a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday for saving the lives of two distressed boaters on Lake Ontario in October.

The ceremony to award the Captain David P. Dobbins Award to Deputy Frank Trinca Jr., is scheduled to take place at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 2 p.m.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo will present Trinca with the Dobbins Award for his rescue of two boaters from the frigid waters of Lake Ontario near Braddock Point, west of Rochester N.Y., on Oct. 20, 2010.

While off duty, Trinca responded to the report of a 19-foot sailboat capsized in 50-degree water with two people aboard. Neither individual was reportedly wearing a lifejacket or any other personal protective equipment. Trinca made two trips on a personal watercraft to the vessel, rescuing the boaters and safely transferring them to Emergency Medical Services.

The Captain David P. Dobbins Award is presented by the Coast Guard in recognition of outstanding action accomplished while conducting a Search and Rescue mission on the Great Lakes. Captain Dobbins was appointed the first superintendent of the U.S. Lifesaving Service of the Great Lakes in 1876. He distinguished himself by performing and organizing numerous heroic rescues during his career. In memory of his heritage, initiative and dedication the award is presented to individuals who perform distinguished search and rescue acts on the Great Lakes.

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