Coast Guard Recognizes Norfolk Heroes

Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander, 5th Coast Guard District, congratulates Norfolk Police Officer David Dubus after presenting him the United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award. Photo courtesy: U. S. Coast Guard.

Two heroes were honored by the Coast Guard in a Norfolk City Council meeting on Jan. 23. The Coast Guard recognized  Norfolk Fire and Rescue Capt. William Sigafoos and Norfolk Police Officer David Dubus with the United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award.

Capt. Richard Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads, presents the United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Capt. William Sigafoos (right). Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard.

Both Sigafoos and Dubus were awarded for heroism, leadership and public service during the rescue of three distressed swimmers near Ocean View Park in Norfolk, May 19, 2017.

When two children and one adult were struggling to stay afloat, Sigafoos and Dubus donned life jackets and swam to their aid. Sigafoos identified one child in need of immediate medical assistance, he swam her back to shore, talking to her along the way to make sure she remained alert before handing her over to the care of EMS back on shore.

Dubus remained with the other child and adult, treading water and helping them stay afloat before a response boat from Coast Guard Station Little Creek arrived on scene and recovered them.