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Community heroes recognised at National Coastguard Awards of Excellence

Coromandel Peninsula | Wed November 01, 2017

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Coastguard volunteers from around the country were honoured for their dedication to saving lives at the Coastguard New Zealand Awards of Excellence on Saturday.

The annual ceremony recognises Coastguard volunteers and units across seven award categories, acknowledging the rescues undertaken on the boats as well as the work that goes on behind the scenes on land.

“The Awards of Excellence provide an opportunity for the organisation to pause and reflect on the incredible contribution our volunteers make,” said Coastguard New Zealand CEO, Patrick Holmes.

“Last year 6,797 New Zealanders were brought home to their families thanks to the selflessness and dedication of our 2052 volunteers around the country, they really are good people doing extraordinary things in our communities.”

One winner was from Whitianga. Graham Caddy, from the Whitianga Coastguard received the Coastguard Communication and Incident Management Volunteer of the Year.

Having dedicated over 980 hours to Coastguard Whitianga in the past year, Graham is a highly respected member of the unit where he has been a volunteer for over 5 years.

He is currently Vice President, SAR Duty Coordinator, Operations Manager, wet crew member, Unit Radio operator and Unit Duty Officer as well as being Chairperson for Coastguard Eastern Region.

Congratulations, Graham!

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