The Coast Guard Foundation held it's first-ever District One Awards Dinner on September 15 at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Mass. The awards dinner honored a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Chatham for their heroic pre-dawn rescue of 11 people from a burning yacht off the shore of Cape Cod last year.
The four-man boat crew responded to a blistering yacht fire several miles offshore in the early morning hours of July 31, 2010. Under pitch dark and perilous conditions, Boatswain Mate 1st Class Matthew Hussey, Boatswain Mate 1st Class Josh Perkins, Machinery Technician 2nd Class Jason Martin, and Boatswain Mate 3rd Class Sherman Baldwin rescued 11 people from the 44-foot yacht Bronze Monkey moments before the vessel was completely overcome by flames. The burning yacht had more than 300 gallons of diesel onboard. Had the fire reached the onboard fuel, the results would have been disastrous.
"Saving lives, as in this case, just reinforces why I joined the Coast Guard," BM1 Hussey said. "It makes me want to come to work every day."
Retired Coast Guard Commandant Thad W. Allen served as the evening's emcee. During the dinner program, The Coast Guard Foundation recognized Jerry W. Blakeley, Jr., a prominent Boston real estate developer and former Coast Guard Foundation chairman, for his generosity to the Foundation through his life.
District One of the United States Coast Guard ranges from the upper reaches of Maine to as far south as the busy industrial ports of Northern New Jersey and New York City.
The District 1 awardees with Retired Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen (center) in Boston.