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ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River awarded three Columbia River Bar Pilot employees with U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Certificates of Merit during an award ceremony held at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., Wednesday.
Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander, presented the awards to Leroy Schlecht, George Ware, and Gerrald Tucker for rescuing a man stranded in the Columbia River, Dec. 29, 2012.
The three men were all working aboard a Columbia River Pilot vessel and immediately responded to a request for assistance from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and the Astoria Police Dept. The men arrived on scene and rescued a man who was clinging to a steel tower, stranded in the Columbia River near Astoria.