Kodiak Residents Receive Meritorious Public Service Awards

KODIAK, Alaska – Two Kodiak residents were presented the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award on March 3 for their lifesaving actions in two recent rescues.

Steven Stark, master of the fishing vessel Heritage, and his crew are being presented the award for their involvement in the rescue of Alan Ryden.

Ryden’s ship sank in the Shelikof Strait November 17, 2007 and he spent 10 hours adrift in heavy seas before being rescued by the Heritage.

Dean Andrew is being presented the award for the rescue of four people from the Piper Navajo Chieftain which crashed shortly after takeoff from the Kodiak Airport on January 5.

Andrew landed his floatplane shortly after the crash and rescued the individuals from the water.

Awards were presented by Coast Guard Admiral Gene Brooks, Commander 17th Coast Guard District during a ceremony on Coast Guard Base Kodiak.

Follow this link for more information on the Piper Navajo Chieftain crash.

Follow this link for more information on the Pacific Lady rescue.

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