PHILADELPHIA (October 10, 2019)– Coast Guard members from Air Station Atlantic City were awarded prestigious medals for their heroism and meritorious achievement in numerous search and rescue cases and hurricanes, Wednesday.
In the ceremony, 13 members were awarded the Air Medal and one member was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The combined actions of the award recipients resulted in a total of 94 search and rescue cases, 66 lives saved and 84 lives assisted in adverse conditions during hurricanes Florence and Harvey, and four local search and rescue cases between 2018 and 2019.
The Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded to Lt. James Rader, was awarded for extraordinary achievement while participating in life-saving rescue operations during Hurricane Harvey where he flew under 200-foot cloud ceilings, navigated unlit towers and exhaust stacks in near-zero visibility to conduct multiple search and rescue missions including medevacing a two-year old girl, as well as a patient who required specialized medical care due injuries.
“The actions, heroism and achievement that went into each and every one of these awards is evidence of the passion and dedication these Coast Guard members bring to the service, the public, and to emergency situations,” said Capt. Sean O’Brien, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. “These medals each stand as a representation of what draws so many to the Coast Guard – to save lives and rescue those in need.”