Written by PA3 Lauren Laughlin
Petty Officer 2nd Class Class Kyle Love was named the 2014 Boating Officer of the Year for the state of Ohio by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Oct. 2, 2014.
Love, a boarding officer at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, earned the distinction for his contributions to recreational boating safety while assigned to the station. Love was also the only Coast Guardsman to earn the distinction this year for any state.
Love graduated from the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in April 2013, and immediately began leading Coast Guard boarding teams onto vessels operating in the western basin of Lake Erie to enforce federal laws and regulations.
During the boating season, he led more than 100 vessel inspections and successfully identified and removed 21 intoxicated boat operators from the water.
“His efforts to build each case improved safety on the water to support successful prosecution,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null, the operations petty officer at Coast Guard Station Marblehead.
“He saves lives by responding to distress and keeps dangerous boaters off the water.”
Of the 21 intoxicated boaters removed from the water by Love, four had prior convictions for driving under the influence and were pursued with federal criminal charges.
Besides the numerous boating inspections, Love also responded to more than 40 search and rescue cases in the past year.
In June, Love transferred to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he is assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous.