Park Police honors Coast Guardsmen for role in multi-agency effort to apprehend suspect who fired at Coast Guard helicopter

The chief of police for the United States Park Police, Teresa Chambers (far left), honors members of the Coast Guard for their role in a multi-agency effort to apprehend a suspect who allegedly fired at a Coast Guard helicopter, in a ceremony June 25, 2013, Washington, D.C. Chambers presented the Coast Guardsmen with a United States Park Police Certificate of Appreciation for their work in the September 2012 case. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Lisa Ferdinando

The chief of police for the United States Park Police, Teresa Chambers (far left), honors members of the Coast Guard for their role in a multi-agency effort to apprehend a suspect who allegedly fired at a Coast Guard helicopter, in a ceremony June 25, 2013, Washington, D.C. Chambers presented the Coast Guardsmen with a United States Park Police Certificate of Appreciation for their work in the September 2012 case. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Lisa Ferdinando

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The United States Park Police honored members of the Coast Guard for their work in a multi-agency effort to apprehend a man who allegedly fired a gun at a Coast Guard helicopter last year.

Members of Coast Guard Station Washington and Coast Guard investigators received the United States Park Police Certificate of Appreciation at a ceremony in Washington June 25.

Lt. Celina Ladyga, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Washington, said the case highlights the importance of cooperation between the Coast Guard and its federal partners in keeping the public safe.

“It was definitely a good example of how we can really come together to accomplish the mission safely and efficiently,” said Ladyga, who noted the case in September 2012 came just weeks after she took command of the station.

Ladyga applauded the hard work of Station Washington members.

“The crew does a great job all the time, and for them to see that their efforts were appreciated by another agency, it was important and sent a good message, especially here since we work so closely and often with our partner agencies,” she said.

Chief Petty Officer Jasen Hollopeter, the operations chief at Station Washington, described the award as a great honor, saying it is the first time in his 17 years in the Coast Guard he received a formal award from another agency.

“Everyone involved had a very important role in the case,” he said. “Luckily it ended safety and no one got hurt, which is the ultimate goal. That is just a great example of interagency workings and how it all comes together in the positive aspect.”

The Park Police’s Chief of Police Teresa Chambers said cooperation is critical in protecting the nation’s capital.

“In the Washington D.C. area, more than any other place in the country, it’s the partnerships between local and federal agencies and our military partners that make the safety and security possible for our visitors here and for the people who work and live in this region,” said Chambers.

Authorities say the suspect fired at a Coast Guard helicopter from a marina in Alexandria, Va., and then allegedly rode a dingy to a sailboat in the Potomac River. Law enforcement personnel evacuated the area; the suspect was taken into custody after a several-hour standoff involving dozens of agents from federal, state and local agencies.

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