|T. Paatz, B. Cummings, M. Paatz, H. Cummings, B. Stilwell|
-- Thomas Paatz of Dolgeville received the top division and flotilla operations awards for spending 68 hours patrolling Oneida Lake and assisting boaters in distress.
-- David Troutman of Rome received top division and flotilla awards for making 347 boating safety visits and conducting 21 vessel safety exams.
-- Robert Stronach of Marcy was named the flotilla's Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year for "outstanding contributions in public affairs."
-- The district commodore's certificate of appreciation went to Vito Masi of Vernon Center, Robert Newton of Blossvale and Helen Lou Cummings of Utica for "selfless dedication of time."
-- Vito Masi of Vernon Center and Robert Stronach of Marcy were inducted into the division's Port and Starboard Club, which honors auxiliary members "who always conscientiously carry out their duties and assignments in a quiet, efficacious and orderly manner, never expecting thanks or recognition for doing so."
THE MERITORIOUS Team Commendation was signed by the commander of Sector Buffalo on behalf of the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. The commendation reads: "During the late evening of July 5, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26 responded to a request from Coast Guard Station Oswego to participate in a search for survivors of a boat collision. Flotilla Base 26 communications center quickly notified the auxiliary boat crew and coordinated flow of information to all concerned assets; to include, the Oneida County Sheriff's department, New York State Police, the local fire department and Coast Guard Station Oswego. The auxiliary boat crew was able to get underway in a matter of minutes from first notification and went on to expertly conduct multiple ordered search patterns during this comprehensive, multi-agency late night search operation. The team worked directly with Coast Guard Sector Buffalo and the onsite Coast Guard helicopter to search areas of concern throughout the evening and well into the next morning. The team tirelessly searched for the missing persons until the search became a recovery operation. Other agencies involved praised the auxiliary search and rescue team for their effectiveness and proficiency. The dedication, pride and professionalism displayed by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Sylvan Beach Flotilla 26 Search and Rescue Team are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary."