Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., thanks the community during Oxford Day

 

Members of the public tour a 29-foot Response Boat-Small at Station Oxford in Oxford, Md., April 27, 2013. The Coast Guard took part in events for Oxford Day to interact with the public, talk about boater safety and regulations, and thank the community for its support. (*U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando)

Members of the public tour a 29-foot Response Boat-Small at Station Oxford in Oxford, Md., April 27, 2013. The Coast Guard took part in events for Oxford Day to interact with the public, talk about boater safety and regulations, and thank the community for its support. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

 

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Coast Guardsmen from Station Oxford joined hundreds of people for a festival in Oxford, Md., to thank the community for its support, interact with the public and underscore the importance of boater education and safety.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Rogers, Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Mulvey and Seaman Amanda Monroe took part in a parade for Oxford Day that featured a 29-foot Response Boat-Small.

Rogers drove the truck pulling the boat as Mulvey and Monroe waved to the crowd aboard the vessel. Onlookers cheered and waved as the boat passed.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Mulvey waves to the crowd aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small during a parade in Oxford, Md., April 27, 2013. Station Oxford took part in activities for Oxford Day to interact with the community, inform the public of Coast Guard activities and remind residents about the importance of boating safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Mulvey waves to the crowd aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small during a parade in Oxford, Md., April 27, 2013. Station Oxford took part in activities for Oxford Day to interact with the community, inform the public of Coast Guard activities and remind residents about the importance of boating safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

“Station Oxford is an integral part of the community and it’s important to be involved in community outreach events,” said Chief Petty Officer Lucas Pullen.

Coast Guard interaction with the community is especially important ahead of the busy boating season, he said.

“We want to continue to get out the message that people need to take critical steps to be safe on the water, including wearing personal flotation devices, being aware of weather conditions, filing a float plan and having emergency communication devices,” he said.

After the parade, visitors toured the 29-foot boat at Station Oxford and spoke to Coast Guard and Auxiliary personnel about boating safety and regulations.

Children interact with "Coastie," the Coast Guard Auxiliary's remote-controlled educational toy, at Coast Guard Station Oxford in Oxford, Md., April 27, 2013. The Coast Guard took part in events for Oxford Day to interact with community members, educate the public about the Coast Guard and its missions, and thank the town for its support. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando)

Children interact with “Coastie,” the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s remote-controlled educational toy, at Coast Guard Station Oxford in Oxford, Md., April 27, 2013. The Coast Guard took part in events for Oxford Day to interact with community members, educate the public about the Coast Guard and its missions, and thank the town for its support. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

“A lot of people we met today were first-time boaters and some didn’t even know the Auxiliary existed, so it’s important to reach out to the community and let them know the Coast Guard is here,” said Chuck Whitehead with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Eastern, Md.

Oxford Police Officer Jason Chance said the police department and the Coast Guard have a strong relationship and cooperate in many areas.

“Oxford Day is the celebration of small-town America and a great way to bring the whole community together and keep them educated and informed about the important issues, including what’s going on with the Coast Guard,” said Chance.

Members of Station Oxford are active with community outreach and Oxford Day was the latest example of that involvement, said Mulvey.

“It is an exciting day for all of us here,” she said.

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