Cleveland-area Coast Guard Disaster Hero Honored

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Coast Guard has honored a Cleveland-area Coast Guard officer who was among 23 crew members killed in a ship collision near Tampa, Fla., in 1980.

A new $1 million support building and fitness center in St. Petersburg, Fla., was dedicated last week in honor of Westlake native Frank Sarna III.

On Jan. 28, 1980, he and 22 other crewmen of the cutter Blackthorn were killed after their ship collided with an oil tanker and sank.

According to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland (bit.ly/MqsQHH), the dedication plaque says Sarna repeatedly dived below to try to help trapped crew members before he disappeared.

Admiral Robert Papp Jr., Coast Guard commandant, presided at the dedication.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer,

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