Post written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill
The men and women of the United States Coast Guard were recognized as part of Public Service Recognition Week at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday.
On hand to represent the service at a mascot rally featuring some colorful characters from across government were Sammy the Sea Otter, a mascot that aims to teach children about the importance of wearing a life jacket and being safe on the water, as well as Officer Snook, a mascot that teaches children not to pollute but rather to protect their environment.
Following the mascot presentation, heroes from public service agencies were recognized. Lt. Cmdr. Harper Phillips, a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot from the Office of Aviation Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Petty Officer 2nd Class David Downham, a rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., were both recognized as Coast Guard heroes.
Following the recognition ceremony, the Coast Guard heroes met with children from local schools to inform them about what they do in the Coast Guard and answer any questions they had.