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Coast Guard rescue swimmer earns valor award

A Coast Guardsman stationed at Air Station Cape Cod was awarded the Secretary of Homeland Security Award for Valor for rescuing an Australian father and son from a sinking boat during a fierce winter storm, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Staph, 28, of Falmouth, was given the department’s highest recognition for extraordinary acts of valor by Secretary Jeh Johnson at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“I don't think they were incompetent or making stupid decisions,” Staph said about the rescue of Jason and Reg McGlashan last February. “I think they were a victim of circumstance.”

Click here for the full report with video by the Cape Cod Times.