Following a helicopter crash that killed three Coast Guard members in 2010, Melissa Thorsen-Broshat, owner of the Highliner Coffee Company, has been selling mugs at her Sitka, AK coffee shop and collecting proceeds for the Coast Guard Foundation's Fallen Heroes Scholarship program.
Last Friday, Melissa sent a donation for $1,500 to the Coast Guard Women and Spouses' Association of Sitka, which accepted the gift on behalf of the Foundation. We are honored and humbled to accept this gift that will help pay for college for the children of Coast Guard heroes who sacrificed their lives in service of our country.
Coffee shop owner Melissa Thorsen-Broshat (center) presents the Coast Guard Women and Spouses' Association with a $1,500 gift for the Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program.
The crew of CG-6017 was flying the helicopter to Sitka when it crashed in La Push, Washington on July 7, 2010. Three of the four men onboard were killed: LT Sean Krueger, AMT2 Brett Banks, and AMT1 Adam Hoke. The crash left behind seven children eligible for the Fallen Heroes Scholarship. A total of 16 children are currently eligible for the scholarship throughout the service.
Supporting families during trying times is one of the key parts of the Coast Guard Foundation's mission. To get involved, click here.