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Coast Guard awards Gold Life Saving Medals to Tuxedni crew in Kodiak - 6-12-2013 - Crew members of the 109-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel Tuxedni display their Gold Life Saving Medal certificates presented by the Coast Guard at the Billiken Theater on Coast Guard Base Kodiak June 12, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska. The crew earned the medals for their heroic actions saving the lives of five crewmen from the fishing vessel Heritage south of Kodiak Island Jan. 25, 2012. Pictured are: Master Chief Petty Officer David Ozuna, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Chuck Bundrant, founder and chairman Trident Seafoods, Capt. Greg Sanial, Coast Guard 17th District chief of response, Joe Bundrant, CEO Trident Seafoods, Wayne Kit, deckhand fishing vessel Tuxedni, Jim Fultz, deckhand fishing vessel Tuxedni, Dan Hardwick, engineer fishing vessel Tuxedni, Greg Plancich, captain fishing vessel Tuxedni and Capt. Melissa Rivera, commanding officer Air Station Kodiak. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

The crew of Air Station Kodiak and assembled guests congratulate the crew of the 109-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel Tuxedni on their award of the Gold Life Saving Medal presented by the Coast Guard at the Billiken Theater on Coast Guard Base Kodiak June 12, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska. The Gold Life Saving Medal was created by an act of Congress in 1874 and to date only about 600 medals have been awarded.

Lt. Cmdr. Vince Jansen and Lt. Mark Heussner, both MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilots at Air Station Kodiak, describe the operations and procedures used aboard the Jayhawk to the crew of the fishing vessel Tuxedni and senior members of Trident Seafoods at Hangar 3 at Air Station Kodiak June 12, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska. Just prior to visiting the air station, the Tuxedni crew was award Gold Life Saving Medals for their role saving the lives of five crewmen from the fishing vessel Heritage Jan. 25, 2012.

A moment for a photo with members of Air Station Kodiak in Hangar 3.

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