A New Commendation Award at the Museum

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2019's Lifesavers Recognition Day

Nantucket’s history is filled with tales of heroic lifesaving efforts by everyday citizens and those who went above and beyond the call of duty. Honoring that tradition, the Egan Maritime Institute and Nantucket Cottage Hospital will recognize modern-day lifesavers on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 during the annual Lifesavers Recognition Day at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.

This year two individuals from the Nantucket community will be recognized for their efforts:

  • Maurice E. Gibbs
    Mr. Gibbs will be presented with the first ever Maurice E. Gibbs Commendation Award for his efforts over the past 16 years to train individuals through the Auxiliary Coast Guard Boating Safety Classes, his work as a radio operator in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as in recognition of his leadership and organization while running the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.

  • Jennifer Hudson
    Hudson, the Director of Instruction at Sankaty Head Golf Club, provided rapid emergency care to a man who had collapsed and was not breathing at the golf course earlier this summer. Hudson ran to the man’s side and immediately began chest compressions. Several minutes later the man began to breathe again and regained consciousness.

The Lifesavers Recognition Day is an annual event held at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, and invitations are required. This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at 158 Polpis Road.