Each year the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 12, which includes Kent and Sussex counties, picks a member who stands out and is recognized for outstanding contributions and dedication to duty in promoting the aims, ideals and programs of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The 2013 Auxiliarist of the Year is Joseph M. Tridente. He received his award from Division Chief of Staff K.C. Murphy at the awards ceremony held Nov. 30 at Abbott's Grill in Milford.
His Flotilla CDR Steve Smyk nominated Tridente for his many hours in support of the Safe Boating programs of the auxiliary. Smyk said Tridente has performed hundreds of vessel exams and provides essential information to the boating public regarding federal and state laws and boating safety.
Smyk said there is no possible way to measure how many lives were saved by his efforts. He added that Tridente is a member of the Lewes Flotilla and is one of a kind in his dedication, patience, knowledge and perseverance.
Tridente and his wife Beverly live in the Millsboro area, and he spends much of his time traveling the eastern part of Sussex County promoting boating safety.
Smyk was presented with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal and Ribbon at the same ceremony.