West Columbia

March 09, 1993

Centennial High graduate helps rescue fishermen

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John A. Doll, son of Diane R. Kowalski of the Village of Wilde Lake, took part in a Coast Guard rescue of three crewmen from a sinking fishing vessel. He received the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Petty Officer Doll, who is assigned to the Coast Guard Air Station in Houston, is a rescue swimmer aboard the HH-65A Dolphin helicopter, which answered the distress call. A few minutes after the first call for help, radio communication with the boat was lost. The vessel later sank about 60 miles south of Freeport, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico.

After a U.S. Coast Guard jet spotted the survivors, the helicopter's rescue swimmer was lowered into the water.

The fishing boat crew members were helped into a rescue basket and hoisted to the helicopter, less than one hour and 45 minutes after the call for help had been received by the Coast Guard.

The medal was awarded for extraordinary service during the period from Oct. 1, 1991, through November 1992. During this period, the men and women of the Coast Guard undertook several massive operations.

Petty Officer Doll graduated Centennial High School in Ellicott City in 1988.

POLICE LOG

* Hickory Ridge: 10800 block of Terrier Court: Someone broke into a 1985 Toyota Camry between 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, and stole $50 Sears battery cables and a $30 fire extinguisher.

10800 block of Green View Way: Someone entered a 1982 Buick Century between 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday, and stole a $200 stereo, a $50 GE AM-FM stereo cassette player, a $20 headset and a $25 CarVac cleaner.

10800 block of Green View Way: A $250 removable AM-FM cassette stereo and two speakers valued at $100 were stolen from a 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit between 2:45 a.m. and noon Sunday.

* Wilde Lake: 10400 block of Waterfowl Terrace: Someone entered a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier between 7:45 p.m. Friday and midnight Saturday, and stole two $110 High Sierra suitcases, a $35 Sony Walkman, a $55 Sony tape recorder and an $80 35mm Minolta camera.

10600 block of Faulkner Ridge Circle: Someone smashed the driver's side window on a 1992 Dodge Daytona between 10 p.m. March 2 and 8 a.m. March 3, and stole a $200 Kenwood speaker, $48 worth of CDs, a $130 Sony CD player and a $360 Cannon 35 mm camera.

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