ANCHORAGE - Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, 17th District commander, presented the Meritorious Public Service Award to the Alaska Office of Boating Safety on Feb. 14.
The award was "for outstanding dedication and support to the Coast Guard and the recreational boating public, working closely with the 17th Coast Guard District, advocating partnerships with other agencies, groups and individuals such as the Kids Don't Float program, the development of Cold Water Boating, a training video that has become the national standard for cold water immersion education, and producing the Alaska Boaters Handbook and regional supplements that have become widely regarded as the primary source of safety information for Alaskan recreational boaters."
"We are deeply honored to have been recognized by our Coast Guard partners" Tom Irwin, DNR commissioner, said. "Alaskans are fortunate to have one of the best boating safety programs in the nation. The Office of Boating Safety's effort and dedication toward raising boater awareness and promoting education have been a primary factor in the reduction of boating fatalities on Alaska's waterways."
The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award is the second-highest Public Service Award.