GEICO honors Coast Guard Petty Officer Claude M. Morrissey with Military Service Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2013GEICO is proud to announce that Petty Officer Claude M. Morrissey is the Coast Guard recipient of GEICO's 2012 Military Service Award for his work in drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Petty Officer Morrissey is a helicopter rescue swimmer stationed at Air Station Kodiak in Alaska.

Petty Officer Morrissey serves as a ground safety equipment instructor, critical incident stress management counselor and command drug and alcohol representative at the air station, helping servicemen, servicewomen and members of the Kodiak community fight substance abuse, addiction and depression. In his primary duty as a helicopter rescue swimmer he has saved several lives and was even featured on the Weather Channel's television program "Coast Guard Alaska."

In his off-duty time, Petty Officer Morrissey serves as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic with the Women's Bay Fire Department. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are dedicated foster parents; they have cared for seven foster children and have provided training to the Kodiak community on foster care and adoption of at-risk children.

GEICO chairman Tony Nicely presented Petty Officer Morrissey the award at a ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C. "Many of our country's servicemen and servicewomen make tremendous efforts to improve their military and civilian communities, and GEICO is proud to honor those who might otherwise go unrecognized," Nicely said. "Petty Officer Morrissey has proven through his efforts in drug and alcohol abuse prevention that he is a valuable member in the community and is deserving of this honor."

The GEICO Military Service Awards, now in their 25th year, have recognized members of the U.S. military for their special achievements and contributions to the civilian and military community since 1988. For more information on this year's recipients, go to our award recipients page.

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