Maritime Valor: AWO’s HERO Award Showcase


American Waterways Operators

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has produced a new video showcasing the American Waterways Honor & Excellence in Rescue Operations (HERO) Award. Established on March 1, 2023, the HERO Award recognizes rescues undertaken by AWO member company employees who demonstrate selflessness, skill, and bravery.

The American Waterways HERO Award: Honoring Industry’s Heroic Mariners, highlights the bravery of Award recipients as well as the important role that tugboat, towboat and barge industry mariners play in keeping our waterways safe. The video also features several awardees who shared their insights on their rescue efforts and on the industry’s dedication to safety culture. “If somebody goes in the water, we’re going to go get them,” explains one mariner. “I didn’t do anything that anybody else on any one of these boats wouldn’t have done.”

Examples of Honored Rescues

Examples of the rescues honored since the HERO Award’s founding include rescues of persons who fell overboard, assistance of disabled vessels, prevention of collisions, response to recreational boat sinkings, and much more.

AWO President & CEO Jennifer Carpenter commented: “The HERO Award was created to recognize the heroism, professionalism, and selflessness of the men and women of America’s tugboat, towboat and barge industry. Their actions prevent harm and save lives on the water every day. We are so proud to share these stories, which exemplify the industry’s commitment to safety, and to shine a richly deserved light on the people who make the waterways safer for all.”

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Source: PR Newswire


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