Coast Guard Aircrew Receives Awards for Fiery Rescue


Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Eleventh Coast Guard District commander, presented Distinguished Flying Crosses to Cmdr. Derek Schramel, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot and Petty Officer 1st Class Graham McGinnis, an aviation survival technician, and Air Medals to Lt. j. g. Adam Ownbery, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Cook, an aviation maintenance technician, during an official ceremony Aug. 6, 2020, at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay in McKinleyville, California. The aircrew was presented the awards for rescuing two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

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