A Remarkable Act of Courage
On what should have been just a routine outing aboard a 40-foot recreational boat watching a fireworks display, events suddenly turned into a tragic mishap.
On the 4th of July in 2014, Michael A. Packard, a volunteer member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and a certified and licensed paramedic and firefighter, was participating as a crew member on the Auxiliary vessel First Light operated by fellow U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Ken Sarnecki. While performing a safety zone patrol mission of a fireworks display area, Auxiliarist Packard and the other crew members, after assisting a couple of kayakers during their patrol, learned of a boat in distress—with eight passengers onboard. They immediately proceeded to the reported area of the boat accident which was on the breakwater at the East End of Inner Harbor across from Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport. Three of the boat’s eight passengers sustained serious injuries.
Once on scene, Michael’s Coast Guard Auxiliary and civilian Emergency Medical Technician training proved critical, as he was placed on the severely damaged boat to treat the seriously injured accident victims and to evaluate the conditions of the other passengers. He treated and stayed with the victims as they were removed from their dangerous position on the breakwater, and then transported to EMS shore-side resources, who then delivered the seriously injured victims to the hospital.
Michael, like others who volunteer to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, is an example of how they serve the boating public in their local areas and make a difference in helping others. They are part of the Proud Tradition, Worthy Mission that symbolizes the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, a non-paid civilian, volunteer component of the Coast Guard serving their communities. This is just one example of the Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers serving recreational boaters and making a difference in their communities.
For the eight recreational boaters, the training and dedication of these Coast Guard Auxiliarists is what allowed them to return home to their families.
We are thankful for the day-in-and-day-out dedication of the men and women of the Coast Guard Auxiliary to the boating public. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association’s job is to support these volunteers of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and their mission. Your generosity helps us to help these volunteers and shows how much you care for their service to your local communities. DONATE NOW: (https://www.cgauxa.org/donate.php)