Four years ago, Roxanne Watson lay in a critical care unit, awaiting a heart transplant she never thought would come. Watson had already been told three times they had found a match. When they came to her a fourth time, she remained skeptical. To avoid getting her hopes up, she told her heart transplant coordinator to call her when they found a heart. That call came on the night of July 15, 2010.
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Originally founded in 1849 by the New York Lifesaving Benevolent Association, Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck, N.Y., is the oldest Coast Guard Station in New York and the fourth oldest in the United States. The Eatons Neck Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse on Long Island and the sixth oldest in the United States. The first known keeper to the lighthouse was Darius Ruland, who was appointed at the age of 49 on September 14, 1876. Since then, many noteworthy Coast Guard members have contributed to the station’s success as a beacon of hope for boaters in distress. Continuing the traditions of great light keepers and notable local heros like Petty Officer Nathan Bruckenthal is Petty Officer 2nd Class Jovan Morales.
Two members from the Coast Guard Auxiliary band performed ceremonial hymns that echoed through the air as family members took their seats and members of the Coast Guard filed in rows encircling the wooden podium. Against it rested a framed photo of late Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, looking back at those in attendance at the ceremony.