Coast Guard honors Sea Tow captain in New York

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Sea Tow Services International Inc. announced that Capt. Les J. Trafford, owner of Sea Tow Shinnecock and Moriches, based in Hampton Bays, N.Y., was honored with a Certificate of Merit Public Service Award from the commandant of the Coast Guard on behalf of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The award was presented Tuesday to Trafford by Capt. J.M. Vojvodich, commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, at a ceremony held at Coast Guard Station Moriches, N.Y.

Trafford, a U.S. licensed Coast Guard captain for more than 22 years, was cited for "his exemplary commitment to maritime safety and support of [U.S. Coast Guard] Station Shinnecock, Aids to Navigation Team Moriches and the local boating community from January 2009 to October 2011. Throughout this period, Trafford has devoted countless hours providing invaluable local knowledge of the ever-changing shoals of Moriches Bay and Inlet. His efforts were instrumental in recent aids to navigation operations."

"We heartily congratulate Les on receiving this well-deserved award," Sea Tow founder and CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer said in a statement. "He has spent countless hours providing invaluable service to the Coast Guard, the boating public and his local Long Island community that goes way above and beyond his duties as a Sea Tow captain and franchise owner."

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