Cathlamet resident Dan Cary, center, recently received an Auxiliary Commandant Letter of Commendation Award from the commandant of the 13th Coast Guard District. The award recognizes Cary as a volunteer who has served the past year as a fishing vessel dockside examiner and who has qualified as a marine safety drill conductor. The letter of commendation said Cary's service will provide life saving training that will improve "local fishermen's odds of coming home safely to their families." L-r are Capt. Leonard Tumbarello, deputy commander USCG Sector Columbia River, Cary, and Cdr. Kent Chappelka, director of auxiliary, CG Thirteenth District. Photo by Mike Rudolph.