Coast Guard members from the Maritime Safety and Security Team New York salute K-9 Chief Camilla. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Laberdesque

 

In a ceremony held on Staten Island yesterday, Coast Guard members gathered to commemorate K-9 Chief Camilla’s retirement from service.

For the past decade Chief Camilla has excelled, consistently providing outstanding service as member of the USCG Maritime Security Response Team and Maritime Safety Security Team New York.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Heinen with Chief Camilla. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Laberdesque

 

Yesterday, she was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal for her outstanding achievements for her service in 35 National Special Security events and for her work during the tense days after the Boston Marathon bombing, working more than 60 hours in just 5 days.

USCG News: “I am so honored to be standing next to my partner and best friend as she retires after 10 years of outstanding service,” said her handler, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Heinen. “Though she is retired from her duties, I know she is going to continue to help train and inspire future law enforcement members of the Coast Guard.”

Coast Guard members from the Maritime Safety and Security Team New York commemorate K-9 Chief Camilla’s retirement from service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Laberdesque

 

Chief Camilla and Petty Officer Heinen are headed to the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy and will continue to mentor and train students. Read more from the Coast Guard here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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