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Jamestown-Scotland Ferry crew members cited for heroism

Nine crew members of the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry received the Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 Commissioner’s Award in the category of Heroism for rescuing three distressed teenagers from the James River in June of 2019.

The Commissioner’s Award is given out annually to provide the highest form of recognition for accomplishments above and beyond the usual expectations of work recognized as specific, outstanding achievements. The Heroism category focuses on providing emergency assistance and courageous actions under difficult and challenging conditions, according to a VDOT release.

“It’s not a common act to put others before ourselves,” said Christopher G. Hall, District Engineer for VDOT Hampton Roads, in recognizing the crew members. “But our ferry crew did just that to save three swimmers. They had the proper training and made the selfless decision to help save another life, allowing these teenagers to return home to their families. They are heroes.”

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