Three Oscoda Residents to Receive Coast Guard Lifesaving Medal

EAST TAWAS, Mich. – Three residents of the Oscoda, Mich., community will be presented a Silver Lifesaving Medal for heroic actions performed on January 10, 2007.

Capt. Patrick Brennan, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, will present the medals at the East Tawas Community Center, here, to Andrea G. Aites, William E. Wright and George D. Wilkins on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Three young boys became distressed in the frigid and icy waters of Van Etten Lake in Oscoda, Mich. The three rescuers, with complete disregard for their own safety and great risk to their own lives, displayed selfless courage and willingness to help others by going out on the ice and into the water. Although one child perished, the efforts of these individuals resulted in the successful rescue of two boys.

The Silver Lifesaving Medal is awarded by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, to any person who rescues or endeavors to rescue any other person from drowning, shipwreck, or other perils of the water. The rescue or attempted rescue is made at the risk of one’s own life and with extraordinary effort. The rescue or attempted rescue must either take place in waters within the United States or subject to the jurisdiction thereof, or one or the other parties must be a citizen of the United States or from a vessel or aircraft owned or operated by citizens of the United States.

Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions on Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie from Alpena, Mich. to Vermilion, Ohio.

The ceremony will be held at the East Tawas Community Center/City Hall on 760 Newman St.

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