Monday, February 4, 2019

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Putnam County Coast Guard member killed in Alaska accident

CWO Kozloski

JUNEAU, ALASKA – A Coast Guard member assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory died last Thursday following an accident at the Coast Guard buoy yard in Homer, Alaska. The accident is under investigation.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, 35, of Mahopac, was injured while working in the buoy yard when a crane accident occurred. He was given first aid at the scene and transported to South Peninsula Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted shipman, husband and father following this tragic accident,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Bell Jr., Coast Guard 17th District commander. “Chief Warrant Officer Kozloski faithfully served his country for over 17 years and we are forever grateful for his steadfast devotion to duty and sacrifices.”

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, whose district includes Putnam County, expressed his condolences to Kozloski’s family, the Coast Guard and the community of Mahopac.

“Michael dedicated his entire adult life to protecting our country as a member of the Coast Guard, and his service will not be forgotten,” Maloney said.

He said he will continue to monitor the situation as additional information comes to light. “The Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation stands ready to provide support to the Guard as they seek answers and work to ensure we prevent accidents moving forward,” Maloney said.

 


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