Lifesavers Recognition Day

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Tue, Sep 11, 2018

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Tue, Sep 11, 2018

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This evening ceremony pays homage to those connected to Nantucket who have risked their lives to save another’s life. This year’s heartwarming story was the valiant saving of Bruce Beebe. The event’s guests of honor included Tris Gauvin, Timothy Reinemo, Michael Egan and John Howard, all employees of Toscana Construction Corporation. The honorees, along with Beebe, were attempting to untie a vessel after unloading cargo at the Steamship Authority’s wharf on January 18, 2011. The barge shifted, and Bruce became lodged between it and the wharf. When the barge then shifted again, Beebe fell unconscious into the water. In heavy winds and high water, his coworkers acted quickly to rescue him out of the harbor. Bruce regained consciousness while in the care of the EMTs and was then transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Once released, Bruce began his long road to recovery. All of the men were kind enough to let us honor them to relive the memories. The ceremony opened with a welcome given by Bob Egan, president of the Egan Maritime Board of Trustees. Alan Reinhard, president of the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum then asked the audience of 80 to join in a moment to honor all of the heroes, both current and past. He then recognized all four lifesavers, presenting them each with a small gift and a wall plaque for Toscana Construction Corporation. Next, Mr. Reinhard introduced the survivor, Mr. Beebe. He gave a touching speech, honoring all four men, while flanked by his two sons, who played a large part in his determined recovery. State Representative Tim Madden was also on hand to honor all four men with citations from the State of Massachusetts.

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