Recap of the 37th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard

Posted on October 31, 2017

The 37th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard was held on October 5, 2017 in New York City, to honor Coast Guard heroics from around the country. The evening honored BM1 Walter Kendall of Coast Guard Station Erie and Coast Guard Auxiliarists Robert & Patti Brody of Coast Guard Station Rochester who received the Foundation’s National Award for Heroism.

BM1 Kendall rescued six people trapped inside a sinking 27-foot boat on Presque Isle Bay in Pennsylvania. Coast Guard Station Erie’s CG-45757 crew responded to the report and during the rescue, two people became trapped inside the cabin.

BM1 Kendall leaped from the bow of the CG-45757 swimming to the nearly submerged vessel and successfully rescued 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 only seconds to spare before the boat sank.

“To the Coast Guard Foundation, thank you,” said BM1 Kendall receiving his award. “I would also like to thank Coast Guard Station Erie, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, and most importantly to the crew of the CG-45757 - without them, six lives would not have been saved on July 23, 2016.

“I was just a part of the puzzle that day; I did what I thought was right, I did my job, and there was no way I was going to stand there and watch somebody perish in front of me.”