GALVESTON, TX – The Coast Guard – we all know it exists, but do we really know what the young men and women do?
“We do border patrol, we do drug interdiction, we do search and rescue, all sorts fishery patrols. If you’re in Hawaii you do whale patrol, making sure the whale population isn’t reducing,” according to Petty Officer Anne Taylor.
What these Coast Guards men and women seem to take pride in the most, is rescuing people from peril.
Petty Officer Andrew Wilson, a rescue swimmer explained, “It’s really nice when you show up on scene and people, are just happy to see you. You’re the calm in the storm for them.”
Petty Officer Susan Reniewicz said that for her it’s, “Just a sense, you have sense of purpose. A sense of duty when you go out there and you do it.”
Petty Officer 2nd Class Greg Helmers added, “Enjoyment and satisfaction of saving lives, I’ve always loved the challenge.”
They are often forgotten heroes, at least until they’re needed.
“The Coast Guard is one of those services that not too many people know about, but the thing is that we’re there when they need us,” said Petty Officer Wilson.
And that takes many hours of training and dedication off the shores of Galveston, to make sure they do it right.
Taylor explained, “It’s a very dangerous task and we take a lot of calculated risks but at the end of the day it is still extremely dangerous, so we are extremely proficient and we train all the time to maintain that proficiency level that it requires to go at 2 o’clock in the morning in the middle of a storm to pick someone up.”
Though the Coast Guard is a military service, these public servants don’t really go to war, but they do make sure all of us around the water ways are safe.
“I absolutely love what I do. It`s easily the best job in the world.” said Taylor