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ISS2 2018

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Minnes, who's been a Coast Guardsman for nine years, credited his ability to remain calm and focused to his six months at the New Jersey State Police Academy. "I don't think I could have done what I did without going through that academy," he said. "That being said, I couldn't have saved that guy without the first aid training I got in the Coast Guard." "It was an outstanding rescue," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian Miley, senior enlisted reserve advisor for Station Manasquan Inlet "He's a great coxswain at the station, does extra drills, and he's got great attention to detail. I'm not surprised he knocked it out of the park." The governor of New Jersey called Minnes personally to express his gratitude, and the Winslow Fire Department in Winslow, N.J. held an award ceremony for Minnes and the firefighter who stopped to help rescue the broken passenger. (Oddly enough, Minnes couldn't remember many names from that day, but he knew the exact time he tied the tourniquet.) Minnes was most honored by the mother and girlfriend of the man he'd saved. They reached out to him via social media to let him know that the man's son, born two weeks after his rescue, had been named Kenneth. � — Story by RESERVIST Staff Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth T. Minnes, a member of Station Manasquan Inlet, stands with his father, Kenneth E. Minnes, who was New Jersey state trooper for 31 years. Photo courtesy of Kenneth T. Minnes Victims advocate receives state award Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat was awarded the Unsung Hero Award from Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring at the attorney general's office in Richmond on April 12. Dufrat, a reserve member of the logistics department at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, Va., serves as the director of the Stafford County's Victim/ Witness Assistance Program had multiple nominations for the prestigious award, which was given to ten individuals for their work as victims' advocates as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Dufrat has been the manager of the victim-support program for the last 16 years. Her staff offers information and services to victims and witnesses with the goal of reducing confusion during what can be a complicated, lengthy ordeal. She attends courtroom hearings and supports victims through the criminal justice process, which she said, "can be very overwhelming." She provides one-on-one meetings to anyone seeking a protective order against an abuser. "The court process opens the wounds they're trying to heal," said Dufrat, "and some of these cases take up to a year and a half, so you really get to know the families and aid in their healing." She went to Richmond this year to lobby for proposed legislation that would let judges sign off on lifetime protective orders after certain felony convictions, though the Virginia Senate's finance committee voted to continue discussion of the bill during next year's general assembly session. Her county also initiated the state's first "courthouse dog" program, where a fully-trained service dog assists and comforts victims as they testify in court. A tireless and humble leader, Dufrat is well-respected by her team (who she refers to as her "crew.") They missed her solid presence when she was activated for the response to the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The senior chief filled a role at the Personnel Support Team in Weston, Fla.. She lent a sympathetic ear while assisting displaced Coast Guard families, many of whom had lost everything. "I try to put myself in their position and think about their perspective." Herring praised the award winners, saying, "These big-hearted Virginians come in early, stay late, work through lunch and come in on weekends, stopping at nothing to make sure they help victims who may not know where else to turn." Cmdr. Maureen Kallgren, the senior reserve officer for Sector Hampton Roads, said this describes Dufrat perfectly. "Senior Chief often gives time off the clock to train her staff and make sure members get paid on time," said Kallgren. "We're lucky to have her as part of our team." She said the job can get stressful, but knowing that she may have helped save a life, or eased the pain of a tramautic time, or kept children from being exposed to future domestic violence… it keeps her going back in the door every morning. "It's so challenging," she said, "but it's also so rewarding." � — Story by RESERVIST Staff Cmdr. Maureen Kallgren, the senior reserve officer for Sector Hampton Roads, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat with Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring at the attorney general's office in Richmond April 12. Photo courtesy of Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat Issue 2 • 2018 � RESERVIST 31

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