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Red Cross Heroes: Dion Couch

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Last November, Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Summers suffered critical injuries after he fell 30 feet while working on rigging lines along side the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui. He hit the pier, shattered his ribs and fell unconscious while still fell further down into the water.

Summers was rescued and rushed to the Queens Medical Center and eventually moved to Tripler Army Medical Center.

Lt. Dion Couch was the District's new Personnel Officer, and he stepped up to act as the "Casualty Affairs Call Officer" in order to get Summers' parents to Hawaii from Wisconsin to be with their son.

"My job was just to care of the family in addition to my normal duties. Everything from helping them cash a check to some financial assistance to runs to the drug store and help them navigate the bureaucracy that the federal govt and the Coast Guard in the hospital that they sometimes have, I was just there for them."

And that meant a lot to Summers to have his family near.

" He thanked me for helping out his parents and everything."

Two months after Petty Ofc. Summers was back on his feet, he was hit by truck while bicycling and critically injured.

His parents needed even more help to gain military access to their son and financial assistance for the extended medical stay.

"They're very grateful and keep saying I can't thank you."

Petty Officer Summers is in the final rounds of his recovery,and the modest Lt. Couch admits, things could have been much worse.

"My other two incidences where I was a casualty affairs call officer involved the passing of a member, and we all deal with grief in a different way, so this has been a just so thankful and gratifying that I can speak to Chris and his family and we'll always have that connection that this bad event brought us together but now we're friends so its a very positive experience."

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