Coast GUardsmen Honored for Heroic Rescue

OSWEGO, N.Y. — The Coast Guard will honor four of its members, Thursday at 10:00 a.m., in a ceremony at Coast Guard Station Oswego.

Rear Admiral John E. Crowley, Jr., commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, will present awards to the members for the August 15, 2006, rescue of a person in the water in Lake Ontario near Oswego.

Members to be recognized are:

* Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven M. Ruh of North Boston, N.Y.
* Petty Officer 1st Class William W. Weiss of Macon, Ga.
* Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward A. Uctea of Syracuse, N.Y.
* Seaman Spencer R. Phillipsen of Rice Lake, Wis.

Ruh will be awarded the Coast Guard Medal for his actions. The Coast Guard Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, distinguishes themselves by heroism not involving actual conflict with any enemy, in that one displays extreme and heroic daring at the risk of one’s own life.

Weiss will receive the Coast Guard Commendation Medal; Uctea and Phillipsen will both receive the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for their action in the rescue operation.

On August 15, 2006, the Oswego crew responded with a 47-foot motor life boat to a distress call of two people in the water, and they were able to save one of the victims from the hazardous sea conditions.

The dedication and devotion to duty of the men and women in the U.S. Coast Guard result in an average of 10 lives saved and more than 100 search and rescue cases conducted every day.

Source: USCG D9 Public Affairs

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