Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Coast Guard honors Des Moines men for valor

When a vehicle with two people went through a parking lot barrier at Des Moines Marina and plunged into Puget Sound on June 28, Coast Guard members Bruce Johnson and Steve Kokita saw it.

Without hesitation, the two dove into the water and rescued the driver but could not save the passenger.

Tuesday at a Des Moines city council meeting, the two were presented with certificates of valor, awarded to those who exhibit heroism by putting their own lives at risk to save another. Capt. Suzanne Englebert, Coast Guard Captain of the Port based in Seattle, presented the commendations.

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