CWO killed in Coast Guard accident a 'devoted shipmate, husband and father'

Elizabeth Howe
February 04, 2019 - 6:53 am

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The Coast Guard has identified the chief warrant officer killed in a crane accident in Homer, Alaska last Thursday as CWO2 Michael Kozloski. 

Kozloski, 35, was pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital. He served more than 17 years in the Coast Guard as a boatswain's mate and was assigned to the cutter Hickory. 

Kozloski was originally from Mahopac, New York and received his warrant on June 1, 2017.

“It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted shipmate, husband and father following this tragic accident,” said Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., Coast Guard 17th District commander. “Chief Warrant Officer Kozloski faithfully served his country for over 17 years and we are forever grateful for his steadfast devotion to duty and sacrifices.”

"The incident is still being investigated," Public Affairs Specialist 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios told Navy Times

This is the second Coast Guard death in Alaska in one week. Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, was declared dead Sunday morning in Dutch Harbor where the cutter Douglas Munro was waiting for repairs. Kelch's death is also under investigation.

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