Seven aviators from Air Station Atlantic City received the Coast Guard’s Air Medal for meritorious achievement, including airlifting patients from fishing vessels and aiding during states of emergency, on Tuesday.

Lt. Kevin Smit and Petty Officers Grant McGahee and Joshua Register were recognized for their teamwork during the rescue of a heart attack victim from a fishing boat 60 miles offshore May 22, 2017.

Lt. Andrew Cinque and Petty Officers Brandon Abdallah, Jordan Gilbert and Christopher Wilson were awarded for their emergency response in Texas during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. According to the Coast Guard, the four airmen made several rescues and aided numerous people.

The Air Medal was created in 1942 to recognize service members participating in flight exercises in all military branches for acts of heroism and achievement.

“I am truly honored to recognize the skill and bravery of these exceptional Coast Guardsmen for their heroic actions,” said Rear Admiral Keith Smith, commander of the Coast Guard’s 5th District. “Their commitment to placing themselves in harm’s way in order to protect the public is truly inspiring and embodies the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.”

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