Ross man honored for 50 years of service with Coast Guard Auxiliary - North Journal

Ross man honored for 50 years of service with Coast Guard Auxiliary

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 12:01 AM


The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary recently recognized Ross Township resident Donald Kuczenski Sr. for his 50 years of service.

“Contributions to the Auxiliary’s programs have improved the safety and security of the ports and waterways in the Fifth Coast Guard District Southern Region,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jack Williams during a Change of Watch ceremony in Greenbackville, Va.

“You can reflect with great satisfaction on your many successes as one of America’s volunteer lifesavers,” Williams said.

Kuczenski received a plaque honoring his career milestone from Coast Guard Rear Admiral Keith M. Smith, Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District.

Kuczenski began his career in the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Dunkirk, N.Y. on Lake Erie while still in high school. He went on to became the youngest flotilla commander in the 9th District Eastern Region.

His work involved search and rescues as well as conducting vessel-safety checks and teaching safe-boating courses. Kuczenski also has served as a flotilla commander on Chautauqua Lake in Jamestown, N.Y. and on the waterways in Salisbury, Md.