37th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard Awardees Announced

Posted on October 01, 2017

The Coast Guard Foundation has selected BM1 Walter Kendall of Coast Guard Station Erie and Coast Guard Auxiliarists Robert & Patti Brody of Coast Guard Station Rochester to receive the National Award for Heroism at the 37th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City on October 5.

At the event, the Foundation will also acknowledge the response and rescue efforts of the service during the last three weeks of hurricane activity in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

BM1 Kendall will be honored for his heroic actions in July of last year when he rescued six people trapped inside a sinking 27-foot boat on Presque Isle Bay, Pennsylvania. Coast Guard Station Erie’s CG-45757 crew responded to the report and immediately evacuated four of the six persons onboard. The remaining two people were trapped inside the cabin as the vessel began to sink.

BM1 Kendall leaped from the bow of the CG-45757 swimming to the nearly submerged vessel and successfully rescuing the first of the trapped individuals. Aware that the other person was still inside the vessel without means of escape, he heroically saved her life by reaching inside the vessel’s starboard side window, bracing against the hull, and pulling her through with all his might with only seconds to spare before the boat sank beneath the waves.